From the Desk of Steve Smouse, Township Supervisor:
(UPDATE: May 15th, 2015)
As we transition from Spring into Summer, the financial news from the State of Illinois grows worse and worse. The basis for these problems amounts to only one thing: money was spent that wasn't there, and those who spent that money simply passed the problem on to another generation. Their justification in doing so was that passing the debt forward was the right thing to do.
In a very upsetting move, both Springfield and Lake County have decided that the new "key to financial reform" is to try to eliminate smaller, more efficient, government units -- elected by local taxpayers, in favor of large government take over and control. These actions, if left unchecked, will serve no other benefit than to create ever increasing, and out of control, costs.
Preventing small governments, such as Antioch Township, from EVER raising taxes when the State is not held to the same requirement is laughable. Antioch Township has frozen the tax rate for the last 4 years and we are still in the black, but we must reserve the right to raise the tax under the 4.99 % limit due to emergency or rising costs.
As part of their ploy to take over local government bodies, Lake County seems to want to take over the township assessors offices. The management price per parcel, quoted by Lake County, is MORE than the Antioch Township Assessors office is costing now. In addition to higher fees, the suggested changes don't even take into consideration the fact that Township residents are currently dealing with our friendly staff here in Antioch and the fact that, if Lake County takes over the administration of the Township's property taxes, then everyone will be dealing with people they don't know in Waukegan.
Large government is bankrupt in Illinois. Lets not lose our efficient local governments to political gobbledygook that will cost more and provide less service.
Antioch Township Supervisor
Pet Lost and Found
Antioch Township is also proud to partner with the Lake County Health Department's Lost and Found Pet Service! People who have lost pets in Lake County can submit photos for posting. People who have found pets and want to return them to their owners can also submit photos.
Antioch Township Supervisor, Steve Smouse and Township Trustee Peter Grant
meet with Bruce N. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Nicasa
Antioch Township is pleased to announce a new partnership with Nicasa.
Antioch Township Supervisor, Steve Smouse and Township Trustee Peter Grant met today with Bruce N. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Nicasa to join forces in assisting at-risk families in Antioch Township.
More information is available on the Nicasa website.
Share the Road!
We're seeing more and more bicyclists on the roads in Antioch Township. Safe riding requires that both the cyclists and motor vehicle drivers know the rules of the road.
Ensure your safety by making certain you're familiar with the rules, have proper safety equipment, and working headlights and taillights by downloading copies of the brochures:
from the Secretary of State's Cyberdrive website.
Ride safe, and Share the Road!
Passport applications are now being accepted at the Township Offices. An appointment is required.
Call (847) 395-3378, today, to schedule your your appointment and get more information. Passport applications take between 4 and 6 weeks to process, so don't procrastinate!
As part of a new clothing and textiles community-wide recycling program, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, has bins placed throughout Lake County.
The recycling project is the culmination of research done by SWALCO officials on how much of the county’s textiles end up getting thrown out versus repurposing them.
Merlanne Rampale, SWALCO director of community outreach, said that 85 percent of unwanted clothing and textiles end up in landfills, like the one located in Grayslake. She added that the average person throws away 70 pounds of textiles each year.
“I knew the number would be high, but I didn't know that it would be this high,” Rampale said of the amount of textiles that can now avoid that fate and instead be recycled via one of the 13 bins that are located at sites such as park districts, city hall offices, fire stations and public works facilities in Fox Lake, Grayslake, Gurnee, Mundelein, North Chicago, Lake Barrington, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park, Vernon Hills, Warren Township, Wauconda and Zion."
The recycling bins are just the first tier of the program, Rampale said. Tier 2 will ask of organizations such as libraries, schools and community groups to help with the collection of these items by holding one-day, week-long or permanent textile and clothing drives that can be dropped off at SWALCO or picked up by SWALCO officials.
“Ninety-five percent of what we collect will be repurposed and recycled,” Rampale said. “It’s such a win-win for our community and our planet.”
To read the original article, please click on the recycling bin show above.