Referendum Questions in Naperville

The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce invited both parties to the table to discuss the referendum questions and potential savings to taxpayers by the city maintaining the township’s roads.

The sticking point for both sides are the numbers. The city says they see over $800,000 in savings by consolidating services.

“It is very difficult, if not impossible to justify having a government entity and all the infrastructure that comes with it to service merely 14.8 miles of road, particularly when the city is already maintaining 500 miles of road,” said Kevin Coyne, a Councilman with the City of Naperville.

But Rick Tarulis, an Attorney representing the Naperville Township Highway Commissioner Stan Wojtasiak, says the savings aren’t there, especially considering the services that would be cut.

“The service cuts are pretty drastic they’re going on brush pickup from six times to one, leaf pickup on six to three, street sweeping from six to two and eliminating the free mulch,” said Tarulis.

Legislative committee members who attended the meeting were able to ask questions and give their thoughts on the topic, some recommending having a third party review the numbers.

Also discussed at the meeting was the city’s annual budget.

Rachel Mayer, the finance director at the city presented an overview of the first nine months of the city’s budget and forecasted a balanced budget for 2017.

“I do feel the changes that we’ve made in the current year, the changes that council initiated this past year have put us on a good path for 2017 and we anticipate being able to present to the council a structurally balanced budget,” said Mayer.

The City will hold their first proposed budget workshop on October 24.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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