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.