Naperville City Council Update

The relationship between the city and Naperville Township has been a hot topic at recent City Council meetings, and after approving some revisions; they plan to bring it to the public.

“So we can talk about it all we want, but at least we’re trying to figure out if the people of Naperville have an interest in trying to do something about it,” said Councilman Kevin Gallaher.

One question could ask if residents support the proposed intergovernmental agreement with the city and Naperville Township’s Road District.

This plan would take effect on January 1 of 2017 and could potentially save the city $800,000 a year from the Township Road District’s recent operations spending of $1.8 million.

Voters will also be asked if the Naperville Township should be abolished when efficiencies and savings are demonstrated by the City of Naperville.

“The referendum we’re proposing is non-binding, so it’s really a survey, and any action would have to be taken by the folks down in Springfield,” added Gallaher.

Regardless of collaboration or abolishment, one thing council and township members agree on is that the role of Township Assessor should remain untouched.

“You want to have a local assessor appraising property. They have a vested interest in maintaining a fair and equitable property-tax base,” said Naperville Township Assessor, Warren Dixon.

The township has also been recognized as the number one assessing jurisdiction in the state of Illinois.

The city has until September 1 to file a referendum question with the DuPage Election Commission for it to appear on the general election ballot.

Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.

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