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 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

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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 with any questions. 2017 Scholarship Application...

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Owens Appointed Township Clerk

Posted on May 16, 2016 in News, News Releases

AURORA TOWNSHIP – The Aurora Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Jason Owens as Township Clerk to fill the remaining term of the late Ken Christy. Christy passed away suddenly on March 26, 2016, said Aurora Township Supervisor Bill Catching. Owens has served as Deputy Township Clerk for the past three years. Five other Aurora Township residents applied for the open position, but board members felt that Owens’ experience as Christy’s deputy set him apart, Catching said. Owens, 40, lives in North Aurora with his wife, a high school math teacher, and two children. Prior to being hired as recycling/project coordinator at the Aurora Township Highway Department in 2010, Owens worked in the mortgage industry. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Augustana College in 1997. He also earned a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer designation from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute in 2012. The Township Clerk is clerk of the town board of trustees and is official keeper of all records except for active General and Emergency Assistance cases. The Clerk is required to keep accurate records of all Town Board meetings and also serves as ex-oficio clerk of the Road District. The clerk must be present for bid openings for both the township and road...

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