Unincorporated Aurora Township Residents Can Save with Electrical Aggregation

Posted on Aug 14, 2018 in News, News Releases

Residents and small businesses can save an estimated $90 in the coming year as part of a successful electrical aggregation partnership with eleven other area municipalities brokered by consultant Progressive Energy Group.   The estimated savings is based on the assumption that Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) rate of 7.887 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) does not change. Aurora Township Supervisor Bill Catching said the township has selected Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. to supply its residents and small businesses with power for twelve months.   Through this new agreement, participants will receive a fixed price of 6.954 cents per kWh on electricity from October 2018 to October 2019. By calling Constellation, residents and business owners can also choose a product matched 100% by renewable energy certificates at a price of 7.074 cents per kWh.   “We are pleased to offer township residents and small businesses the chance to save a significant amount on their monthly electricity bills and appreciate the work done by Progressive Energy Group in finding our residents more than $166,000 in energy savings vs. the ComEd rate.” Catching said.   Residents and small businesses in the unincorporated areas will receive two letters describing the changes. The first letter will come from Aurora Township and Constellation explaining the program. ComEd will send out a second letter about the program in late August 2018.   State law allows units of local government to seek bids to receive electricity supply from alternative energy suppliers (rather than from ComEd, the local utility) for their residents and small businesses.  In November 2012, Aurora Township voters approved a referendum that allowed Aurora Township to be one of the first Illinois townships to pursue electrical aggregation. The first electrical aggregation program offered a $300 a year savings from ComEd prices and expired in August 2014.  A second aggregation program also produced approximately $60 a year savings until August 2017.   The current energy market is much different with energy prices significantly higher than in previous years from both alternative suppliers and ComEd.  Aurora Township joined forces with Big Rock, Burlington, Cortland, Hinckley, Kirkland, Malta, Maple Park, Sandwich, Shabbona, Somonauk and Waterman for the new aggregation partnership. By combining with other local governments, the township reached a size where alternative energy providers would offer a rate lower than ComEd’s.   About Progressive Energy Group   Progressive Energy Group is a premier provider of cost reduction and energy conservation programs that lower municipal and business customers’ costs.  Progressive Energy Group has saved its customers over $100 million dollars in energy costs.  Learn more at www.progressiveenergygroup.com on twitter at @SaveWithPEG, or on Facebook at Progressive Energy Group.     About Constellation Constellation is a leading competitive retail supplier of power, natural...

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Spring Brush Pickup Starts April 16 with New Guidelines

Posted on Apr 5, 2018 in News, News Releases

On April 16, the spring session of the township’s brush pick up program will begin with a few significant changes. Here are the changes: #1 – No registration required! All unincorporated Aurora Township residents are eligible and we will drive through the unincorporated areas once to pick up your brush. #2 – All branches must not exceed 6 feet in length #3 – All branches must not exceed 6 inches in diameter #4 – All brush must be secured with string or twine and each bundle cannot exceed 30 pounds. No bundles secured with wire will be picked up #5 – Anything that can fit into a bag is not considered brush and will not be picked up. The changes to the brush pick up guidelines bring Aurora Township in line with the brush programs in nearby townships and will help keep our employees safer. Residents of the unincorporated areas should receive a mailer on the new program soon. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Road District office at (630)...

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Senior Referendum – Q and A

Posted on Mar 13, 2018 in News

On March 20, voters will decide whether or not to approve approximately $500,000 in additional property taxes payable to Aurora Township for services for senior citizens. The increase would result in additional property taxes of $12.50 annually for the owner of a $150,000 home – the median home value in Aurora Township. The Ballot Question Shall Aurora Township, Kane County, Illinois be authorized to levy a new tax for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing services to senior citizens under Article 220 of the Township Code, including but not limited to construction, maintenance, repair, and operation of a senior center, and have an additional tax of 0.025% of the taxable property therein extended for such purposes? (1) The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recently extended limiting rate is $4,029,812 and the approximate amount of taxes extendable therefore if the proposition is approved is $4,513,503. (2) For the 2017 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $7.18. Who asked for this referendum? Representatives of Senior Services Associates, a not-for-profit agency based in Elgin, asked the Township Board to place this question on the ballot. Aurora Township’s senior population is growing rapidly, they argued. Senior Services have had to eliminate programs, impose hiring freezes and start wait lists for other services. The not-for-profit offers adult protective services, care management, caregiver assistance and in-home services, to name a few. A similar ballot question passed in Elgin Township last year. Although Senior Services Associates has been in the forefront of advocating for this referendum, proceeds from the new tax would be available to all nonprofit agencies that serve seniors in Aurora Township. If the referendum is approved, how will the money be spent? In the end, the Township board will approve all expenditures. The board has not voted upon a process to decide exactly how the funds would be spent but an unpaid advisory board will likely be appointed and make recommendations to the board. It is likely that the board would partner in a unified application with the local Funders Consortium, a group including the Dunham Fund, the Inc Board, our local United Way, the City of Aurora and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. By law, all spending would have to be on services for senior citizens. Although the question includes a reference to construction of a senior center, one already exists in Aurora with a long-term lease. What happens if the referendum is not approved? In short, the status quo. Aurora Township will continue to participate...

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INC Board Releases Informational Videos

Posted on Jan 16, 2018 in News, News Releases

  The INC board and staff have released a series of YouTube videos that explain what the board does in our community as well as a layperson’s guide to mental illness. Aurora Township was one of six townships to approve a community mental health tax by referendum in the November 1970 general election. The others are Batavia, Big Rock, Blackberry, Kaneville and Sugar Grove townships. Virgil Township joined after a November 2000 referendum. Because of its population (and assessed valuation), Aurora Township residents are the largest contributors by far. For 2017, Aurora Township levied a little more than $1.2 million on behalf of local mental health services. Each of the township boards appoint a seven-member community mental health board, known as a “708” board after the number of the Illinois House of Representatives resolution which created such entities. Each 708 board recommends a mental health levy to its respective township board for inclusion among their levy submissions to the county.  The county distributes the tax dollars collected to the townships, which remit the mental health portion of the taxes to the INC Board, the administrative body.  The combined levies are distributed to agencies for selected, eligible services by the INC Board. For more information about INC and the agencies funded by the board, please visit www.incboard.org. Their YouTube channel (and their videos) can be found at...

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Notice of Ballot Order Lottery for April 4, 2017 Election

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 in News

A lottery will be held at 3 p.m. on March 16, 2017, at the Aurora Township offices, 80 N. Broadway, Aurora. The lottery will determine the ballot order from candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties. The public is invited. For more information, please contact Clerk Jason Owens at 630-897-8777 or by email at Jason.O@auroratownship.org...

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Townships of Illinois 2017 Scholarship Program

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 in News

Seven $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors this year. Each year since 1989, the Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships to graduating high school seniors to continue their education at Illinois colleges/universities. Six $1,500 scholarships were given in 2016, making a total of $286,500 that has been awarded to 172 students over the years. The application for the 2017 TOI Scholarship program is now available online and in the January 2017 issue of the Township Perspective magazine. Applications must be mailed to the TOI office no later than March 1, 2017.  Please contact Amy Rourke at amy@toi.org with any questions. 2017 Scholarship Application...

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