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.
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