May 21, 2018
It’s been awhile since my last Mayor’s Message to the Community. It’s been an exceedingly busy year with many great developments in town that underscore what we refer to as the Addison Advantage. In subsequent letters we will discuss the various programs, infrastructure improvements, and new businesses that have marked one of the most successful years in recent Addison history.
But today’s correspondence is not one of optimism or excitement, rather it’s one of grave concern for the continued growth and success of our community. Many of you are aware of the dysfunction that has become the rule of order in Springfield. Several weeks ago, I, and fellow mayors representing DuPage County were in Springfield in an effort to gain assurance from legislators that monies (your local portion of the State income tax) collected by the State on behalf of cities and villages are returned to the municipalities.
Last year, State officials elected to keep 10% of those collections, as well as other taxes and fees, in an effort to balance their budget. For Addison, that resulted in decreased revenue of nearly $1/2 million. That’s a $500,000 reduction in funds that go to pay for road repairs, snow removal, police, and other critical services provided by local government. The Springfield promise was that this would be only a one time hit. But, true to form, the budget being proposed for the coming fiscal year includes another 10% reduction of the funds that are due to municipalities. Instead of finding ways to cut the waste in state government, the Springfield solution is to shift the financial burden to local government. The ultimate result? Decreased local services and/or increased local taxes.
I need your help urgently. The DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference has created a web site, “protectmytown.us”. It is a direct link to the state legislators that represent our community and allows you to state your opposition to taking municipal dollars to pay State obligations. It is imperative that your voice is heard today, before action is taken on the budget proposal.
For your convenience, the link is attached. I invite you to watch a video with a panel of area mayors discussing this important issue here: https://youtu.be/PpOR76ickhw
Let’s work together to Protect Our Town!