Grafton Township Supervisor has been sending emails to constituents. Since they contain information I haven’t seen elsewhere, you can read the latest below:
Dear Residents of Grafton Township,
With the fall season now well underway, I am sure that each of you is well aware that this is an election season.
This fall also brings upon it the completion of the current term of office for your township officials.
All township officials are up for re-election every four years.
Early voting starts next Monday.. Here are some important dates to mark on your calendar:
- October 22 – Early Voting starts
- November 19 – 26 Petition filing period for Republican Primary Election
- December 17 – 24 Petition filing period for new political parties, nonpartisan and independent candidates
- February 26 Republican Primary Election
- April 9 General Election
Packets for township candidates are available at the township office or click here to print your own Candidates Guide.
TAXES!! Your number one concern.
Are you paying more than your fair share of property taxes?
If your assessment is not accurate, you might be. Grafton Township Assessor Ottley, as of October 15th has not submitted his assessment books to the county. Once the county assessor receives them, he reviews the books. This will require about two to three weeks.
When finished he will publish a notice in the Huntley Farmside newspaper, sold at Wisted’s Grocery in Huntley. You will also receive a letter notifying you of your new assessed property value. You then have 30 days to file an appeal if you do not agree with Assessor Ottley’s value.
On October 22, 6pm, we will hold a Property Assessment Class at the American Community Bank. There will be a question and answer session after a short presentation. Please call 1-847-669-3328 to register.
BOARD MEETING REPORT
We met last week and here are some of the meeting results.
The trustees attorneys, Ancel-Glink, bill was approved, 3 to 1, for $8,142. The trustees decided not to pay the bills for 11 vendors. While they had questions about the financial statements, none were interested in submitting their questions in writing for a complete answer. The township credit cards remain unpaid awaiting board approval.
The board also removed several agenda items, 3 to 1 vote. These items that were not considered included
- revising the budget to eliminate the deficit balance,
- paying off the road district loan, and
- housing the township food pantry in the township office.
It is important that we show fiscal responsibility by paying our bills, reducing debt, and balancing the budget. We also need to take care of the indigent.
However, as Supervisor, I must depend on the board’s cooperation to accomplish these goals.
Our Road District has a loan of $270,000 with Harris Bank which remains unpaid despite a checking account balance of about $516,000 and a money market balance of $500,600. Without Highway Commissioner Jack Freund’s approval this loan will continue to incur interest and fee expenses.
The best news that I have is that the board unanimously decided to reduce the township official’s salaries in some cases up to 30%.
This action clearly benefits the taxpayers and the board is to commended!!
Please refer to the Board Packet tab on the www.graftontownshipsupervisor.us website for the details.
Linda Moore, Grafton Township Supervisor