Naperville Township voters support road services deal with city

 
 
Updated 11/8/2016 11:59 PM
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  • Voters in Naperville Township said in Tuesday's election they want the township road district to enter into an agreement with the city of Naperville for maintenance of 16 miles of township roads.

      Voters in Naperville Township said in Tuesday's election they want the township road district to enter into an agreement with the city of Naperville for maintenance of 16 miles of township roads. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Voters in Naperville Township said they want their roads serviced by the city of Naperville instead of by the township road district.

An overwhelming majority of voters said "yes" Tuesday to the nonbinding question of whether the district and the city should enter into an agreement proposed June 7, 2016, by which the city would maintain 16 miles of township roads "in order to reduce the real estate tax burden."

With all precincts reporting, 83,440 voters answered the question, with 89 percent saying yes and 11 percent saying no, according to unofficial results.

Because the question is advisory, no immediate action has been triggered. But the vote could serve as a mandate, signaling that voters want their elected leaders to pursue the combined road service agreement, which would cost the township road district roughly $1 million a year for the next four years and three months.

Voters in all townships in the city of Naperville also weighed in on a broader nonbinding question about township consolidation, with 77 percent saying they want township government to be abolished if it will produce savings.

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