Democratic Party
of Milton Township

Mission

The purpose of the Democratic Party of Milton Township is to promote the values of the Democratic Party and the election of Democratic candidates within the area of Milton Township, DuPage County, in the State of Illinois.

Attendance and Majority Needed

April 9 at 7pm

Wheaton Community Center
1777 Blanchard, Wheaton

The government of Milton Township, in DuPage County, will hold its annual Town meeting, Tuesday, April 9. We encourage all voters who are MiltonTownship legal residents to attend this annual meeting which is legally held on the second Tuesday of April. The previously published agenda was of great concern. We learned that the first resolution - if passed as it is worded - does provide broad authority to acquire property and impact taxes without a referendum.

What: Milton Township Annual Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2024

What time: Resident verification begins at 6:30 p.m.; Annual meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Where: The Wheaton Community Center, 1777 Blanchard Road, Wheaton IL.

Who: All legal voters residing in Milton Township, of DuPage County.

Why: The Township Board published the full language of the first resolution - Resolution Authorizing Certain Powers to the Township Board. We need a majority of voters to AMEND the Resolution prior to the elector vote. You can find notice of the agenda here. The resolutions are to be voted on by the public Tuesday. Each resolution is followed by the DPMT’s voting recommendation.

NEW INFORMATION: The resolution contains permissions that we want excluded. When the resolution is amended, then we recommend a YES vote.

Why does this resolution matter? Our position is that the resolution as written contains language that would increase our property taxes and is not justified, specifically:

To purchase real estate or personal property for public purposes. If approved, this would allow the Township Board to purchase real estate property to house the assessor’s office and increase our property taxes.

We recommend a YES vote. 

We recommend a NO vote.

Our position: The transportation resolution should not be carried forward because the township and county is currently serviced by Pace Transportation, and we instead recommend this be brought forward to the DuPage County Board Transportation Committee - not Milton Township.

Additional context: The Township government is looking to procure an additional building to house the Assessor’s Office. In the past 4 years the Township has hired additional staff and expanded the food pantry. The additional building is considered without completing a building needs assessment or financial impact report of the cost of moving the assessor’s office to another building. 

We are asking you to attend this Annual Meeting because the resolution for Certain Powers is being used to sneak in the authority to purchase real estate without presenting a ballot referendum to be voted on by all voters of Milton.

Please join us at this Annual Town Meeting. Sign-in and Resident Verification will begin 6:30 p.m. Please send any questions to democratsofmilton@gmail.com. If you need transportation assistance to the meeting, please request that via email as well.

Click here to view the entire Resolution Authorizing Certain Powers.https://miltontownship.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/draft-reso-authwers.pdf

Click here to view the Annual Meeting agenda (you will find it under 2024).

https://miltontownship.net/town-clerk/annual-town-meetings/

According to the Illinois Office of the Comptroller: Township government has served both the rural and urban residents of Illinois since 1848.

By statute, townships are to provide three services:

General assistance at the township level provides immediate help to the destitute, according to local standards and needs and with local dollars. Accurate property assessments provide income through tax levies for all local governments. The greater the proficiency of the township assessor, the more equitable the taxes paid by the property owners.

A unique feature of township government is its annual town meeting held each April; the only instance in local government in which the citizens have a direct say in how their government is run. No other form of government annually places 38 specific voting powers in the hands of the people.

As described on the Milton Township government website, the Annual Town Meeting is an important function. Voters have the opportunity to adopt Township Government and that government should derive its just powers from the consent of the voters.

The annual town meeting should be held on the second Tuesday of each April.

Learn more here.


draft-reso-auth-powers.pdf

Our next meeting is Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 P.M.

DuPage County Auditor Bill White will be our guest speaker. 

Doors open at 7 P.M. at the Glen Ellyn Historical Society, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. 

A social hour will follow.


Auditor White will speak about "What County Auditors Do and Why It Matters".

The core mission of a governmental auditor is to provide accountability for the expenditure of public resources that are typically raised through taxation. As a Democrat, Bill White believes taxation is appropriate to fund programs and services that serve the public interest. However, our community must receive fair value in exchange for our tax dollars. Public sector auditors serve the public interest by providing reasonable assurance to the community that our governments are effective, efficient, and transparent. 

In his presentation to the Milton Township Democrats, County Auditor Bill White will explain his specific statutory duties, and how they apply to DuPage County. He will connect these specific duties to the larger mission and purpose of public sector auditing.