The City and the Township are at a standstill after the most recent Naperville Township meeting, where Township Highway Commissioner Stan Wojtasiak let the numbers be his guide on whether to pursue the city’s offer to take on township road services.
“I’m putting an offer on the table, if this board passes my budget as written, I will continue to speak with the City of Naperville. If anyone cuts my budget or changes anything in my budget, it’s over,” said Wojtasiak.
With the township board voting 3-2 to cut $550,000 it was done, both the budget, and any future talks of negotiation with the city.
“On one hand I think the right decision was made and on the other hand, the comments that were made by our Road Commissioner I think are discouraging so I’d prefer to see more of a collaboration,” said Mayor of Naperville, Steve Chirico.
It could be a hard sell. Wojtasiak argued that besides the city’s offer not being realistic, his township board isn’t giving him the support he needs to get the job done. And in making their cut equal to the amount the city had said they could save the road district by the end of the fiscal year his confidence in both was shaken.
“I just looked at is as an intimidation and hijacking of the money from the Township residents because I can’t perform my duties anymore, I’m limited as to what services I can give them now,” said Wojtasiak.
An opinion disputed by the Township.
“The board of trustees finds and determines that the level of services currently provided is excessive and places an unnecessary burden on the taxpayers of the Township. With the adjusted budget amount, the Road District can deliver the above services to an acceptable level,” said Rachel Ossyra, Naperville Township Supervisor.
Wojtasiak is fighting the decision, filing suit against the Township.
As for the City’s Mayor, he plans to continue to work toward consolidation and cost-cutting opportunities.
“What this is about is collaborating with another governmental body to find a solution that best delivers services in the most efficient way possible, and we have a very good proposal on the table that has a substantial and meaningful tax savings and we have a responsibility to look at that, review it, and move forward with it,” said Mayor Chirico.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek Reports.
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