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City tables Capital Township question

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Capital Township is coterminous with the City of Springfield

One less question will likely be showing up on the November ballot. Last night, the Springfield City Council voted to table a proposed referendum to have Capital Township dissolved into the City of Springfield. Capital Township is coterminous with the city, so they cover the same area. Because of the overlap, many of the functions a township would normally carry out are done by the city, and several township positions are held by their county counterparts.

There is a wider push in Illinois to consolidate units of government. The few remaining coterminous townships like Capital Township are prime targets for this movement. If fact, the city’s question was very similar to one posed by Sangamon County. Their question would have the township dissolved into the county. This similarity lead to some concerns. Aldermen Redpath said that although the questions are non-binding, they might be confusing to voters since only one could actually be implemented. Alderwoman Turner countered this objection, saying it was critical that voters have multiple options on what she referred to as an issue with strong political overtones.

Other aldermen had issue with the non-binding element of the question. By statute, there are ways for a city to dissolve a coterminous township. Aldermen Donelan said that if the city wants to dissolve the township, it should do it the right way. Aldermen Theilen echoed this sentiment, saying he was opposed to non-binding referendums as a general principle.

Concerns about potential cost were also raised and addressed. Director McCarty said that because the taxing authority for the township will still be present if the township was dissolved, taxes should not go up as a result. But, because the overhead of the township could be consolidated with another body, taxpayers should see some saving from the move.

In the end, the council voted 7-3 against moving the issue out of committee. Alders Turner, DiCenso, and McMenamin voted to move to the question forward.  The vote to table the issue passed 6-4. Because it takes a supermajority to take an issue off the table, three aldermen would need to change their votes to bring the issue back up. However, this is not necessarily the end of the issue. A proposal done “the right way” to dissolve the township into the city could still be brought forward, or some aldermen could change their stance and un-table this question.

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LIVE | Springfield City Council Meeting – Committee of the Whole – May 22nd, 2018

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Women continue to lead the Parties in Sangamon County

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Doris Turner (left) and Rosemarie Long (right)

The Sangamon County Republicans and the Sangamon County Democrats had leadership elections tonight. In this critical midterm election, party leadership is critical holding on to seats and winning new ones. Both parties decided that their current chairs were the women for the job. Rosemarie Long will continue on for the Republicans, and Doris Turner will continue to chair for the Democrats.

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