Back in February, Governor Bruce Rauner came to town with plans of consolidation for the state, a move that got Naperville thinking of the same.
The city proposed that they combine services with the Naperville Township Road District and maintain their roads- a plan they said could save $800,000.
However, Naperville Township Highway Commissioner, Stan Wojtasiak, who would have final say on the matter, wasn’t on board with the plan.
“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,” Wojtasiak said in May of this year.
Despite this, the Naperville Township Board voted to cut his budget to equal the savings that would have been seen by the collaboration- leading Wojtasiak to sue the board.
Eventually the Township entered into a temporary agreement with Lisle Township’s Road District.
Both the City and Naperville Township have put the question of consolidation to the voters, and they’ll see a permanent Lisle Township highway collaboration question on the ballot in April.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.