Hainesville to Vote on Village Retirement Fund
Byline: Abby Scalf
Preliminary review by the village of Hainesville to set up an Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund for its longtime employees has led to a question on the February ballot.
Hainesville is staffed primarily by part-time workers, except for a full-time public works supervisor. Mayor Ted Mueller said the staff has never been offered any insurance or retirement benefits.
The board began to look at enrolling in the fund and invited a representative to explain the issue further.
However, resident George Duberstein questioned this idea and circulated an advisory petition to put on the Feb. 5 ballot.
He obtained the required signatures to place the non-binding referendum on the ballot.
The petition asks whether the Village of Hainesville should permanently obligate taxpayers to participate in the IMRF.
Duberstein said he does not believe the employees are not entitled to this benefit, but questions whether the IMRF is the right option for the village.
He pointed out that when a village joins the IMRF, whether voluntarily or mandated by law, it cannot withdraw. …