River Forest Township Invites Village to a Joint Public Meeting

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COURTESY OF MATT BARON

The River Forest Township Board of Trustees on Monday, Feb. 24 invited the River Forest Village Board to a joint public meeting in the near future.

The Township Board's motivation is threefold: to express the township's opposition to any village attempt to eliminate the township; to educate village officials about the services that the township provides; and to explore ways in which the two units of government can improve collaboration. 

"We are firmly opposed to actions taken by village leadership in support of eliminating the township," said River Forest Township Supervisor Carla Sloan. "At the same time, we want the entire Village Board to understand what we do, so that they can make informed decisions."

In January, Adduci said that she supports elimination of the township, claiming it would streamline services and save money for taxpayers.

Elimination of the township would not result in improved efficiency, largely because there is currently no duplication of services between the two units of government, Sloan said. In fact, she added, eliminating the township may result in higher costs for taxpayers.

The township's budget of about $550,000, or roughly $140 per household, is 1 percent of a River Forest resident's tax bill. In addition to its assessor's office, the township's focus is working with agencies that serve youths, seniors and those seeking mental health services in a variety of programs. 

State Rep. Chris Welch (D-7th), whose district includes River Forest, recently introduced HB 4425 in the Illinois General Assembly, which calls for elimination of the township.

With numerous other issues that the Village Board is trying to address throughout the community, such as infrastructure improvements and economic redevelopment, township officials question why the village would devote any energy toward an elimination attempt.

"We look forward to village trustees, as well as all residents, receiving the facts about the scope, and quality, of services that we provide, particularly in view of the dollars that we receive," Sloan said. "Holding a joint public meeting would be part of bringing those facts to light." 

The River Forest Township Board consists of Trustees Anna Marie Romeo, Mary O'Brien, Veronica Belmonte and Mark Kelty. Sloan casts votes in the event of ties on the board. At its meeting last week, the Township Board voiced unanimous support for inviting the Village Board to a joint meeting. 

On Feb. 24, Sloan communicated the invitation to Village Administrator Eric Palm, asking him to share it with Adduci and the entire Village Board.

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TaxpayersUNITE  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 7:31 AM

Why won't the township come clean?They are spending unnecessary money and it is our money. I read HB4425 and I am in complete support of merging the Township with the Village. In today's environment we do not want overhead and cost to run the same programs the Village can. According to HB4425 the services would continue. It states. Should the Township services be transferred and PERFORMED by the Village..nothing about elimination of the services. Supervisor Sloan are you that deceptive?

RF long time resident from River Forest  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 6:29 AM

I would like the township to post its annual budget so the village and tax payers and voters can make a more informed decision. I agree the township spending is out of control. If you read the Civic Center board notes they spent over $25,000.00 to install the new entry way in the building that is totally leased by the RF Community Center, who subleases to Opportunity Knocks and the money is not put back into the village.

Concern Taxpayer from River Forest  

Posted: February 25th, 2014 10:25 PM

This is a joke...right? How much did the Township pay Mr. Baron to write this press release. This Township is out of control on spending.

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