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Memorial Day Events Scheduled
Please join us for a series of Memorial Day Events on Monday, May 25! Everyone is invited to pay tribute to those who have fought for our country. Events include free pancake breakfast, veterans resource fair, community march and VFW Ceremony. For a complete schedule of events, click here.
Village offices will be closed on Monday, reopening for normal business hours on Tuesday. Village Hall will be unlocked during the ceremony.
Village Maintains Superior Bond Rating
The Village of Addison was notified May 15 by Fitch Ratings of NewYork that its municipal bond rating has been reaffirmed at “AA+.”
Credit ratings provide Fitch’s opinion on the relative ability of an entity to meet its financial commitments. This rating continues to allow the Village to receive a substantially lower interest rate in the event bonds are issued for construction or to refinance debt.
The Village first achieved the “AA+” ranking from Fitch in 2000.
Help Needed to Protect Revenue
All Illinois municipalities right now are facing a potential financial crisis – the possibility that the State of Illinois will take away part of one of our revenue sources.
The State Constitution allows for the State of Illinois to collect income tax on behalf of the municipalities; however, due to the State's own budget crisis, Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed that the State keep half of that revenue for itself.
The Local Government Distributive Fund was established for the sole purpose of having the State collect income taxes from residents, on behalf of the individual cities and villages. It is not meant to be revenue for the State; rather, it is meant to simplify the process of collecting income tax, rather than having each municipality do it for itself.
|Mayor Martin Tully of Downers Grove recently expressed concerns about the loss of LGDF revenue on behalf of the municipalities in DuPage County. You can view that brief video here.
When the recession hit several years ago, it affected every business, citizen, and taxing body. Everyone had to learn to make do with less. The Village Board delayed projects, left staff positions open, and cut spending, while still attempting to provide the same services to our residents. Unfortunately, as we have all heard in the news, the State was not nearly so frugal.
For Addison, this money grab would mean $1.75 million out of our budget. That is a substantial amount and would mean extremely difficult decisions would need to be made.
The Mayor is working with DuPage Mayors and Managers and Illinois Municipal League to lobby Springfield regarding this issue, but residents are asked to help as well. Please visit ProtectMyTown.com, which will help you to contact your legislators to let them know that you do not want the State to shift its problems on to us.
Miss Addison Applications Available
Applications for the 2015 Miss Addison Scholarship Pageant are now available. Young women between the ages of 17 and 21 who are residents of Addison are encouraged to apply by June 2, 2015.
Miss Addison will receive a $2,000 scholarship. First runner up will receive $1,000 and second runner up $500 in scholarships.
For a full list of criteria and the application, please click here.
Planning Exterior Improvements?
If you plan any improvements to the exterior of your home, please note; if there is a device on your home marked Itron, this is the property of the Village of Addison. Call Public Works at 630/620-2020 to schedule an appointment for removal and replacement.
The Water Division will remove and then reconnect the Itron when the work is complete. If this device is lost or damaged, it will be up to the resident to have it replaced at their cost.
Village of Addison Receives 'Sunshine Award'
The Illinois Policy Institute has recognized the Village of Addison for transparency in government.
Addison was only one of three municipalities surveyed that received a score of at least 80 out of 100 analyzing the agencies' practices of making information available online to the public.
Learn more here: http://www.illinoispolicy.org/addison-algonquin-and-mundelein-earn-high-marks-on-government-transparency-audit-while-18-cities-fail/
CodeRED Comes to Addison
The Village of Addison has contracted with a service called "CodeRED," which will allow us to quickly communicated with residents in case of an emergency. Automated voice calls, texts and emails can be sent out to the community at large, or in a smaller geographical area.
Most landline phones are already in the CodeRed database and an introductory message went out late last week, encouraging residents to go online and register other phone numbers and email addresses. However, there have been questions about this process.
CodeRED will NOT replace the Village's database of email addresses that is currently used to communicate Road Construction updates, community reminders and the monthly eNewsletter. This database is still an important tool.
Here are some questions the Village has been receiving:
Q: How do I register?
A: You can register by visiting the Village's website, AddisonAdvantage.org, and clicking "Register" or "CodeRED" from any page. This will take you to a page that explains the difference between the Village eBlast list, and CodeRED. You can sign up for either or both. Or you can simply go to: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/BFEEEE53A4A6
Q: What is the difference between registering with the Village and registering with CodeRED?
A: CodeRED is used for emergency purposes, such as evacuation notices, boil orders, gas leaks and urgent situations. It can also be used to communicated warnings, such as major traffic incidents. These messages can be received via automated phone calls, texts and/or emails.
The Village sends out periodic emails only, of a less urgent nature. These are community reminders and news.
Q: How do I know which one I registered for?
A: EBlasts will come from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You register for them by simply typing in your email address.
CodeRED registration takes you to a different website where you are asked to provide your home or business address in Addison, and verify your location on a map. This is why registration must take place online. This allows us to make sure to include you in messages that pertain to a smaller geographic area.
Q: If I received the test phone call, do I need to register?
A: If you received the message last week, then you are in the database. However you may still want to receive messages at other phone numbers or email addresses as well. If so, you should register those online.
Q: I didn't receive a test call. Why not, and what should I do?
A: Many people nowadays no longer have landlines at home, which makes it even more important to go online and register for CodeRED. Even if you have a landline, there is the small possibility that you are not in the database.
Village of Addison Expands Social Media Outlets
Get news and reminders from the Village of Addison, tailor-made to your interests!
Want to know latest -- from road construction updates, to payment reminders? Like the Village on Facebook at "VillageofAddison."
Keep up to date on the latest Village of Addison event news by liking us on Facebook at "AddisonEvents." Get the most detailed information on our summer events -- including vendors, entertainment, changes, or weather delays. Communicate with us with suggestions and questions.
And follow us on Twitter @AddisonVillage.
Village of Addison Events Website Now Available
Get the latest information on Village of Addison events at ItHappensInAddison.com.
The "events only" website has the entire summer schedule, including vendors and entertainment, and is mobile optimized to make it easy to check out while you're on the go.