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Pair vie for Lake Geneva council

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March 25, 2011

Terry O’Neill for a second straight year will attempt to win a seat on Lake Geneva’s City Council, this time facing six-year incumbent Donald Tolar.


O’Neill, a retired design engineer, ran against Frank Marsala in 2010 for the second District 4 seat, but he narrowly lost. He campaigned again this year, saying he supports “honest government” and cleaning up the conduct of public officials. He also wants the city to create a better fiscal plan, cutting 10 percent of each department’s expenditures.


Tolar said he’d like the city to increase its revenue and keep spending in check. He believes Lake Geneva’s tourism industry offers several opportunities for financial growth.


Tolar edged O’Neill by just two votes in February’s primary.


Donald Tolar

Age: 83


Address: 1365 Edgewood Drive, Lake Geneva.


Job: Retired electrician


Education: Attended high school in Chicago. Served four-year apprenticeship to be an electrician.


Elected Posts: Incumbent Lake Geneva City Council alderman. Served 10 years as president of the Pell Lake Star Center School Board.


Major campaign issues: To balance the budget and maintain tourism. Tolar said the council has been thinking about a “user tax” used in the Wisconsin Dells and levied against visitors on things such as entertainment and restaurants.


Terry O’Neill

Age: 66


Address: 954 George St., Lake Geneva.


Job: Retired design engineer


Education: Bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering technologies from DeVry in Chicago.


Elected Posts: None


Major campaign issues: City spending and the conduct of public officials. O’Neill said the city should cut its spending by about 10 percent, and each department should present a plan to the city council on how they will do the same. He’s against raising or creating taxes and fees.



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