Monday, August 14, 2017
Governor Signs Senate Bill 3
I was proud to stand with Gov. Bruce Rauner and Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti at the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference on Aug. 14 as the governor signed Senate Bill 3 into law. Senate Bill 3 provides county leaders with important tools to bring Illinois’ legacy system of government into the 21st century. This legislation allows local communities and their elected officials to make decisions about the size, scope and cost of their own local government. Most importantly, it will change the culture and foster innovation. And that’s, perhaps, the most exciting part of this accomplishment.
We all know Illinois has both the highest property taxes and the highest number of local government units in the nation. I think most Illinois taxpayers realize these two facts are directly related. This bill addresses that very problem, giving local governments the ability to consolidate, when appropriate, and lessen the tax burden on our residents.
I am deeply grateful to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his leadership in this area. Gov. Rauner highlighted the importance of government consolidation in his very first State of the State address.
Months later, he issued an executive order directing Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti to chair a statewide Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates, on which I was honored to serve.
How do we know this effort will have an impact? DuPage County has demonstrated that consolidation and collaboration can and do work. Since the passage of Senate Bill 494 in 2013 – the original bill that gave DuPage County consolidation authority – we have consolidated four units of local government by working with residents to improve and enhance the delivery of services. We’re currently working on two more dissolutions. We’ve only done this where it makes sense and where real savings can be realized.
This process allows us to find efficiencies, pursue shared services and joint procurements to save taxpayers money. We’ve seen firsthand, the type of results and savings that can come from these efforts.
In addition to eliminating four units of government, our shared services initiatives and local government reforms have slashed more than $100 million in spending, all while keeping our portion of the property tax levy flat over the last decade.
View a video from the event