Moving Cities Forward

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Springfield – Mayors across the state are pushing for passage of a reform package geared toward maintaining the financial health of their communities.

The “Moving Cities Forward” legislative package was introduced at the Illinois State Capitol.  Among the items being pushed is automatic appropriation authority to force the state to pass through motor fuel tax, 911 fees and gaming revenues to towns, villages and cities during future state budget fights.

“Mayors have been advocating for these solutions for a number of years,” Brad Cole of the Illinois Municipal League told Statehouse reporter Doug Wolfe.  “But the continued budget impasse coupled with our tough economy has made matters more difficult on a local level.  We hope leaders can come together to recognize the tough decisions their mayors have already made and to give local governments the ability to provide important services in a more efficient manner.”

The legislative package is also calling for workers compensation reform, prevailing wage exemptions and public safety arbitration reform.

Some of the proposals mirror Governor Bruce Rauner’s turn around agenda.  However, the Municipal League opposes a long term property tax freeze.

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