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Protect My Town

Rumor
The City of Geneva's municipal services will not be impacted by Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget proposal to reduce the local share of state income tax by 50 percent.

Fact
This would have a large impact on Geneva. The Governor announced in February during a budget address his proposal to cut the Local Governments Distributive Fund (or LGDF) to help fix the state's financial problems. In Geneva, that would translate to about $1 million on an annual basis.

The local share has been an important revenue stream for municipalities since the income tax was first instituted in Illinois in 1969. Local communities have counted on it for 45 years to help fund key public services like police, fire, water and sewer treatment, infrastructure repair and construction and snow removal.

Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns joined other municipal leaders from across the region expressing concern about the governor's call to reduce the local share of the state income tax by 50 percent.

Watch Mayor Burns issue a statement at the Sept. 21 City Council meeting in response to the state budget director's comments made during a recent hearing about the LGDF. 




The Impact On Geneva
The State Income Tax equals 12 percent of the City’s General Fund Budget. The $1 million cut (or 6 percent of our budget) helps pays for:

Police Protection Senior Care Program  Prescription Drug Disposal Progam
Child Safety Seat Inspections  Vacation Watch Program  Fire Protection
Risk Watch Safety Program  TriCity Ambulance Service Tri-Com Emergency Dispatch Service 
Fire Safety Education  Fire Safety Inspections  Street Maintenance 
Sidewalk Maintenance  Snow Plowing Ride In Kane Program 
Mosquito Abatement Stormwater Management Community Event/Festival Assistance
Beautification (Flowers) Student Government Program Internal City Support Services
City Communications Development Reviews & Inspections Business Support & Assistance 

These are but a few of the City of Geneva programs and services supported by your income taxes. Spent locally, you can see the result that affects your quality of life.


How You Can Help

We need your help contacting local state legislators and the Governor to implore them to leave your tax dollars here at home where directly affect your quality of life. You can do this - and learn more about the issue - at www.ProtectMyTown.com, which is a collaboration of municipalities uniting its efforts to continue to provide quality services to their respective communities.

You can also watch a short video about "Protect My Town."

Please feel free to contact Mayor Kevin Burns at 630-742-8916 or City Administrator Stephanie Dawkins at 630-262-8495 for more information.