SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to save local taxpayers money and to promote good government practices, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is sponsoring legislation to eliminate the office of the township clerk as a pilot program in certain Will County townships.
“I have spent my time as state Representative listening to the people that I represent, and working to find solutions for their concerns. The most common concern that local residents share with me is about their skyrocketing property taxes,” said Manley. “I have listened to both my constituents, who overwhelmingly support this bill, and the critics of this bill and have noted their suggestions on how to improve it. Concerns about rising property taxes are shared by homeowners across the state, which is why my legislation is being backed with wide bipartisan support.”
Manley’s House Bill 3301 recently passed out of the Illinois House Counties and Townships Committee with bipartisan support now is on the House floor for full consideration. Manley’s proposal will serve as a pilot program and a model to potentially be implemented throughout the rest of the state by eliminating the position of township clerk in the six townships in Will County within Manley’s district. Manley’s legislation is backed by a bipartisan group of legislators.
“Elected officials have a duty to taxpayers to continually examine past practices and find new solutions to do things better, which will ultimately save taxpayers money,” said state Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield. “I am proud to join in the bipartisan fight for this legislation, to save homeowners money on their property tax bill, and to implement a more efficient system in local government.”