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Vote for Township Team Moraine – April 4, 2017 Election

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(L to R) Cindy Wolfson, Amy Zisook, Dwayne Douglas, Anne Bassi, Pablo Alvarez, Cynthia Plouche, Gail Feiger Brown

The enthusiasm and excitement were palpable as almost 80 Moraine Township Democrats gathered the vening of December 6 to nominate their seven candidates for Moraine Township government for the next four-year term (2017-2021). The election will be held on April 4, 2017.

Six incumbents and one newcomer were unanimously selected as candidates to continue the outstanding work of the current Township administration. Continuing officials include Township Supervisor, Anne Flanigan Bassi; Township Clerk, Gail Feiger Brown; Township Assessor, Cynthia Plouché; and Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Cindy Wolfson and Amy Zisook. Pablo Alvarez was nominated to fill the position of retiring Trustee Olga Gomez Aguilar.

2016 Moraine Township Democratic Caucus

Moraine Township Democratic Chair Lauren Beth Gash introduced the candidates noting how fortunate Moraine Township was to have such a “dedicated, committed team working to deliver needed services to residents.”

Nominating speeches highlighted the Township’s team for its leadership and accomplishments over the past four years, including reducing the Township portion of residents’ property taxes by more than 9%, and expanding services, and reducing elected officials compensation by almost 30%. Led by its elected officials and through the unprecedented number of volunteers, the Township was able to expand community services at no additional cost to township residents.  Examples include assisting residents in enrolling for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, and free tax return preparation for low income taxpayers through IRS’ VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program.

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Moraine Township’s portion of the property tax on a $350,000 home is less than $70/year; approximately 40% of that amount supports the Township Assessor’s office. Moraine Township provided over 17,000 resident services/responses in the last fiscal year, including Food Pantry visits, paratransit door-to-door van rides for seniors and disabled residents, Emergency and General Assistance, utility assistance, help accessing health insurance and income tax preparation, management of two cemeteries, and services of the Township Assessor’s office. In addition to determining the market value of the Township’s more than 13,000 land parcels, the Assessor’s office assists with property tax relief and support for the appeals process.

Team * Moraine is excited to continue to serve residents with innovative programs that leverage the strength of the volunteer community, and judiciously use taxpayer resources to meet residents’ needs.

For additional information call Team * Moraine at 847-579-9432 or email townshipteammoraine@gmail.com

Moraine Township Reduces Property Tax Levy and Elected Officials Compensation

The Moraine Township 2016 Property Tax Levy will be reduced by 5%, and compensation for Elected Officials will be cut by 28% for the 2017 – 2021 term, as decided by a Moraine Township Board of Trustees vote last week.  In the last four years, Moraine Township has reduced its levy by over 9%.

The reductions are funded by the elimination of rent expense due to the October purchase of a permanent home for Township services, reduction in Elected Officials compensation, as well as reorganization of office staffing, according to Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi.

“Purchase of a permanent, centrally-located home with adequate parking was a significant tax-saving move which allows the Township to assess its budget needs without concern about rental increases,” commented Moraine Township Trustee Dwayne Douglas.

“The new space will remain in convenient downtown Highland Park for clients to access the popular Food Pantry and for Township staff and volunteers to adequately deliver other needed social services,” noted Trustee Amy Zisook.

Currently, less than $100 of a property tax bill on a $500,000 home funds Moraine Township services, which includes General and Emergency Assistance, Senior/Disabled transportation, Food Pantry, two Township cemeteries, the Township Assessor’s office, and other social services.  In the last 12-month period, the Township provided over 16,000 resident services/responses.

The vote to set compensation for Elected Officials next term is in accordance with Illinois law.  Elected Officials base salaries will be reduced by almost 20%, and total compensation including benefits by almost 30%.

  • Township Supervisor: base salary reduced by 31% from $65,000 per year to $45,000, and elimination of eligibility for health insurance and IMRF pension;
  • Township Clerk: base salary reduced by 33% from $18,000 to $12,000, no employee benefits;
  • Township Trustees: base salary reduced by 50% from $3,000 per year to $1,500, no employee benefits;
  • Township Assessor base salary frozen at $74,000 per year for the full-time position, and elimination of eligibility for IMRF pension.

For additional information call Moraine Township at 847-432-3240 or email super@morainetownship.org. Moraine Township’s website is www.morainetownship.org

Spring Membership Drive

2016 is shaping up to be a busy and exciting year for Democrats in our community. Moraine Democrats (serving most of Highland Park, all of Highwood and Ft. Sheridan, parts of Lake Forest and Deerfield) are working hard to give you a voice in local, state and national politics – but we need your help to make this important Presidential year the best possible year for Democrats!

Click here to join or renew your membership for 2016

Some event highlights include:

Hosting Candidate Meet-and-Greets
Strategizing and organizing meetings for Democratic activists
Providing use of our office to candidates for canvassing and phone banking
Recruiting and training Precinct Committeemen/Committeewomen
Hosting our summer “Party With Our Party” attended by grassroots Democratic activists and federal, state and local candidates and elected officials
Contributing to victories in November for many local and state-wide Democrats
Keeping the lights on in our Highland Park office

Moraine Township Democratic Organization is the official local organization within the Illinois Democratic Party. Our work is contingent on membership support. Please join us in 2016 and help us work to keep Democrats in office in our community, our state and our nation.