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Homer Township Year in Review

HOMER TOWNSHIP-Year in Review 2011

On behalf of the Town Board; Assessor’s Office; Highway Department and personnel of Homer Township, we are honored to serve our community. We are pleased to report for the third consecutive year the tax levy requests have been submitted at the same budgetary levels as previous years without requesting an increase. Despite the challenges of increased costs and declining property values our overall financial outlook is secure as we maintain a balanced budget and continue to curtail discretionary spending. Financial reports, meeting agendas and minutes can be viewed at: www.homertownship.com.

While fiscal conservancy remains our priority, we understand the importance of providing services; sustaining mandated obligations and properly managing taxpayer invested assets to meet the needs and sustain the stature of our community. Aside from routine maintenance, other long range projects were completed this year; such as, the restoration of walking paths at Goreham & Sendra Park; replacement of several roofs at various sports facilities; parking lot & path resurfacing at the sports complex and landscape renovation projects at the senior living facility. Due to the charity of the Homer Junior Women’s Club through donations and hard work, the exterior of the Old Town Hall and grounds were beautifully rejuvenated. We are in the planning stages of the park maintenance garage reconstruction anticipating completion of the project next summer.

We continue sponsoring community events which provide affordable social activities while promoting local commerce. 2011 brought the success of the twelfth Independence Day Parade; the first four day combined Festival commemorating the Villages’ 10th & Townships’ 175th Anniversaries; 3rd annual Homer Harvest Days; children’s Halloween Party and Homer Seniors Christmas Party. These events are possible due to numerous volunteers, donors, organizations, officials and employees that work diligently toward their success and we are thankful.

The Homer Township Highway Dept met the challenges of the February, 2011 blizzard admirably. They applied for FEMA disaster relief funding and were awarded reimbursement of approximately $42,000. They recently completed a major project funded by accumulated Motor Fuel Tax Funds in the unincorporated Forest Manor area consisting of the complete overhaul of the roads, curbs, parkways and ADA sidewalk improvements. The department continues programs to improve safety and efficiency of the roadways.

The Clerk’s office has completed its State of Illinois review for approval of any potential old record destruction. The approved records were professionally shredded and the additional office space is welcomed. In cooperation with the County Clerk’s Office, new technology has been installed at the Township to improve the efficiency and security of the early voting system.

The Assessor’s office continues to keep pace with secure, improved technology; educational training and new regulations that enable more precise and equitable assessments. They have an open door policy for questions and inquiries.

Looking forward to 2012, we continue to foster good intergovernmental relationships that facilitate efficient operations with the utmost respect for the trust and responsibility you have entrusted with each of us.

By Supervisor Pam Meyers

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