Naperville Township voters back plan to scrap road district merger

  • Voters in Naperville Township want to scrap one plan to consolidate a road district to pursue another proposal to dissolve the small unit of government.

      Voters in Naperville Township want to scrap one plan to consolidate a road district to pursue another proposal to dissolve the small unit of government. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
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Voters in Naperville Township apparently want to scrap one plan to consolidate a road district to pursue another proposal to dissolve the small unit of government.

With 100% of precincts reporting, unofficial totals showed 5,742 (75%) in favor and 1,889 (25%) against a binding referendum question that asked if the Naperville Township Road District should be abolished "with all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations and responsibilities being assumed by the Naperville Township."

Tuesday's vote came two years after residents in Naperville and Lisle townships approved a measure to combine their road districts to form one agency. The consolidation approved in 2017 is scheduled to take effect May 2021.

But Naperville Township officials decided to put the new question on the ballot to take advantage of a state law that allows township governments to absorb road districts.

Naperville Township officials say they believe the outcome of Tuesday's vote would supersede the decision from two years ago. But they don't know for certain that the idea of absorbing the road district into the township legally can replace the previously approved -- and now required -- merger.

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