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March 20, 2012 General Election Ballot Advisory Referendum on Possible Evanston Township Dissolution Matt Swentkofske Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator City of Evanston. Presentation Overview. Township Overview and Services Background of Township Deliberations
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March 20, 2012General Election Ballot Advisory Referendum on Possible Evanston Township Dissolution
City of Evanston
Township Overview and Services
Background of Township Deliberations
What does the ballot question state and mean?
Possibilities – What could service look like if the Township Dissolves?
For education purposes only
“No public funds shall be used to urge any elector to vote for or against any candidate or proposition, or be appropriated for political or campaign purposes to any candidate or political organization.”
(10 ILCS 5/9-25.1)
“This Section shall not prohibit the use of public funds for dissemination of factual information relative to any proposition appearing on an election ballot, or for dissemination of information and arguments published and distributed under law in connection with a proposition to amend the Constitution of the State of Illinois.” (10 ILCS 5/9-25.1(b))
A Township is a unit of local government governed by the Township Board, with the Township Supervisor serving as the Executive
Illinois Townships are charged with three basic functions through the Illinois Township Code (60 ILCS 1/et seq): 1) general assistance for those in need; 2) the assessment of real property for the basis of local taxation; and 3) maintenance of all roads and bridges outside federal, state and other local jurisdiction
Evanston Township borders are identical to its respective municipality the City of Evanston. The Township Board and City Council are the same officials.
There are over 1400 townships in the State of Illinois and the Evanston Township is one of only 20 coterminous townships.
Other coterminous townships in Cook County include Oak Park, Cicero, River Forest and Berwyn.
Client Payments $546,041.00
GA Administrative Overhead $276,210.00
Work Opportunities Program (WOP) $9,000.00
Medical Payments Systems (MPS) $54,750.00
Emergency Assistance Services (EAS) $38,500.00
Total Levied in 2011 $ 1,328,743
(with Loss factor)
Township Budget 2011-12 $ 1,195,158
Township Assessor Portion $ 148,564
Township Budget as Approved $ 1,262,311
Source Town Resolution 1T-O-11, 2T-O-11 & 102-O-11
General Assistance is mandated by the state and is provided by the Township of Evanston.(305 ILCS 5/Art. 6)
The General Assistance Program in the township of Evanston is a locally administered program which provides financial assistance to single adults who are not eligible for any other local, state, or federal assistance program, and who do not have income or resources to provide for basic needs.
Up to $400.00 per month to persons not eligible for any other assistance program.
According to the November 2011 Report for Evanston Township General Assistance GAAS Client Information the Township had 86 active cases.
Emergency Assistance is not mandated by state law, but currently administered by the Township.
The Emergency Assistance Services provide short term financial assistance to Evanston residents who are facing an immediate crises in the areas of food, housing and utilities.
Emergency Assistance Services provides financial food assistance to individuals and families whose basic life needs may be threatened due to uncontrolled circumstances.
One-time payment for one month’s rent, mortgage or assessment fees to prevent foreclosure or eviction.
Up to maximum of $1200 and not to exceed one month’s rent, mortgage or assessment fees
Delinquent condominium association fees
Up to $450.00 as long as it prevents foreclosure
First month’s rent to relocate to new housing due to fire, foreclosure or other unusual circumstance.
One time payment per twelve-month period of gas-heat, electric and/or water service to prevent shut-off or re-establish service.
Maximum amount of assistance is limited to $500.00 per twelve-month period
The Evanston Township Assessor’s office provides Evanston residents property tax payers with a local resource for various property tax related issues.
Exemptions, Appeals Process and other Tax Inquiries
The State of Illinois Election code allows for any governing body of a local unit of government by resolution to authorize an advisory question of public policy to be placed on the ballot.
(65 ILCS 5/3.1-40-60)
“Should the Evanston Town Board continue to pursue the issue of dissolving Evanston Township?”
On December 5, 2011, the Evanston Township Board adopted Resolution 4T-R-11 to include an advisory referendum on the March 20th General Election ballot
According to state law no legal effects shall result from the adoption or rejection of such an Advisory proposition (10 ILCS 5/28‑6 (c))
Township board will consider the results as it moves forward in its deliberations regarding possible Township dissolution
If the Township were to dissolve, the City of Evanston would continue to provide Evanston residents with all services currently offered by the Township of Evanston as mandated by State law.
(60 ILCS 1/et seq.) (305 ILCS 5/et seq.) (35 ILCS 200),
The City would exercise all duties and responsibilities of the Township Supervisor and Township Assessor as provided in the Township Code, Public Aid Code and Property Tax Code.
(60 ILCS 1/) (305 ILCS 5/) (35 ILCS 200),
Continue to offer residents with assistance regarding property tax bills, assessment appeals, and general inquiries
Based on Chicago, which does not have Township Assessor;
Evanston Taxpayer Assistance Window at the Civic Center open during business hours; augmented with additional staff during periods of peak use;
Outreach events to residents, with County Commissioner’s office and Cook County Board of Appeals; and
Installation of public computers to provide online access to resources for residents and assistance to use online services.
Continue providing direct financial assistance (General Assistance) to Evanston residents who lack resources for basic needs, and do not qualify for any other local, state or federal assistance programs (as mandated by Illinois law).
Continue to offer one-time financial assistance (Emergency Assistance) to eligible residents to ensure housing and food stability or to prevent gas-heat, water or electricity service interruption.
Examine the program’s eligibility requirements, levels of assistance and length of time for which people may receive assistance.
Eligibility and application processes provided on website and in-person, outreach to non-profits
Eligibility determination and provision of services:
Online access to Illinois Department of Health Services database
Automated Wage Verification System – employment benefits