Naperville Referendum on its Way

At their latest meeting, the group gave preliminary approval for the language of two referendum questions concerning consolidation with the Naperville Township.

Proposed by Councilman Kevin Coyne, the non-binding questions will appear on the November 8 ballot and stem from a proposal the city set forth in February to maintain township roads and save taxpayers $800,000 a year.

“Should the City of Naperville and the Naperville Township Road District enter into an agreement for combined roadway services as proposed by the Naperville City Council on June 7, 2016 in order to reduce the real estate tax burden on all Naperville Township taxpayers?” said Coyne.

The second question deals with the possible abolishment of the township, reading: “Should a township government be abolished in the city of Naperville when efficiencies and savings in delivery of township services can be demonstrated by either the city of Naperville or another governmental body performing the same services?”

Coyne hopes the questions will lead to government consolidation state-wide.

“Hopefully if there is a mandate expressed and this whole consolidation thing does catch on, it will be easier and due-able for a community like Naperville to abolish townships or take action. And the vain that we have with our intergovernmental agreement moving forward, if there is a movement expressed, it leads to some kind of policy change in Springfield,” said Coyne.

The questions will come back to council for final approval at a future meeting.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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