Township Helps Social Groups, But
Waller, C. L., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: C. L. Waller Daily Herald Staff Writer
Libertyville Township Supervisor F.T. "Mike" Graham says social service agencies that have received money from the township may be squeezed out of the budget in a couple of years unless the financial picture changes.
The township board recently approved spending $188,850 from the general town fund for 29 agencies that help township residents. The town board had approved a cap of $190,000 in spending.
Graham expects money in the general assistance fund for the needy to run out in a couple of years. Once that is gone, he said, the township will have to borrow from the general town fund, affecting funding to those groups.
The township, under a different administration in 1992, stopped levying tax money for the general assistance fund. Graham said there was $612,000 in the fund at the beginning of this year, and he expects to spend about $300,000, leaving enough for another year.
Because of the property tax cap, the township cannot, without going to voters in a referendum, levy for new taxes for that fund.
Graham is writing a letter to State Rep. Andrea Moore of Libertyville asking state legislators to do something so townships that allowed the general assistance tax to expire can reinstitute it. …