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Demmer gives government consolidation bill another try

February 28, 2019

DIXON – State Rep. Tom Demmer is hoping to make it easier for communities to absorb townships that fall within city boundaries.

Demmer, R-Dixon, recently introduced House Bill 2525, a township consolidation bill that mirrors legislation that passed the House but stalled in the Senate last year.

“With nearly 7,000 individual units of government in Illinois, we need to be looking for opportunities to consolidate where it makes financial sense,” Demmer said. “In instances where a township is located either entirely or almost entirely within a municipality, elected officials and taxpayers should be able to decide if both units of government are necessary.”

A township consolidation referendum could be put on the ballot if a township board or municipal board or council votes to do so, or if 10 percent of registered township voters sign a petition and submit it to a township or municipal board.

Demmer was a member of a state task force focusing on government consolidation and unfunded mandates.

“The idea for this legislation was brought forward as part of the 2015 report by the Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates,” Demmer said. “It’s common sense legislation that would provide local officials with the tools and resources necessary to provide tax relief to the people they serve.”

Demmer introduced the bill Feb. 13, and it was moved from the Rules Committee to the Counties and Townships Committee on Tuesday.