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Seniors express concern over Ogden Avenue decline and high fees and taxes

“Who would have thought that being called a ‘flawed leader’ would lead to an endorsement?” Rocky Caylor said recently. Caylor, who is running for Naperville mayor in the April 2nd election, recounted that he recently met with Naperville senior residents who told him that he was being painted as “flawed,” but who also told him anyone labeled as “flawed for putting people first, we like – and we will vote for!”

Caylor met the group of senior residents on Wednesday at a local diner to hear their concerns. The residents asked questions about the declining state of Ogden Avenue, pointing out that Mayor Chirico promised four years ago to address this issue. Other concerns focused on taxes and fees that hit seniors hard, as well as the high cost of assisted living in Naperville.

Caylor’s campaign has highlighted the need to address the Ogden Avenue corridor. He proposes a working group, with members from the local community and businesses, to look at Ogden, as well as another group to address development proposals/challenges in south Naperville. These groups, he says, would operate much like the group that focuses on economic development in downtown Naperville.

Caylor recognizes that property taxes are primarily driven by the school districts, and the city’s portion is small, but he wants to see what can be done to help the city’s seniors when it comes to taxes and fees. He believes the city should take another look at how it assesses the garbage collection fee, saying, “senior households should pay less.”

Caylor’s platform focuses on bringing “leadership that respects the people of Naperville and values resident input on all matters, particularly redevelopment projects that impact our neighborhoods.”

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