Holmes votes to fully fund local government

holmes-lgdfSupports full funding of promised state income tax funds to municipal government

SPRINGFIELD — Acting at the urging of local mayors, State Sen. Linda Holmes (D – Aurora) joined her colleagues in the Illinois Senate to vote in favor of full funding for local governments.

“Springfield should not seize the revenue that local governments use to fund vital local services like police and fire protection,” Holmes said. “I’m calling on Governor Rauner to approve a plan that keeps these funds intact.”

Under a budget proposal by Gov. Bruce Rauner, Local Government Distributive Fund payments to municipalities would have been cut by half. Holmes joined Senate Democrats in rejecting that plan earlier this week. LGDF revenue is drawn from the state income tax that workers pay.

“The State is facing a serious budget crisis,” said Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico. “As the State continues to work towards solutions, Naperville asks that all municipalities share equally in any proposed reductions to the Local Government Distributive Fund. As a AAA bond rated community, we urge the State not to jeopardize Naperville’s standing by asking our community to bear a larger burden than others across Illinois.”

The funds help to keep Oswego’s budget balanced, said Gail Johnson, Village President.

“Municipalities should be rewarded for sound fiscal practices, tough decisions, and planning for our community's future. The loss of nearly 10 percent of our operating budget will have consequences affecting the services we provide to our residents,” Johnson said. “Oswego has been a fiscally proactive community and we strive to remain a strong advocate for our residents."

Mayor Dale Berman of North Aurora said his village desperately relies on the funds to provide some of the most important services to citizens.

“This money allows us to provide the necessary services to our community. It provides street maintenance, street lighting, snow plowing, police safety and protection, and many other services,” Berman said. “We operate on a very modest budget and monitor our expenses very closely.”

“Nobody can better judge how to provide local services than local government,” Holmes said. “The governor claims to want to reduce property taxes, but this would force our cities to consider raising them just to make up for money they’ve already been promised.”

Sen. Linda Holmes

Assistant Majority Leader Linda Holmes

Assistant Majority Leader
42nd District

Years served: 2007 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture (Vice-Chairperson); Commerce and Economic Development (Chairperson); Executive; Labor; Local Government (Vice-Chairperson); Telecommunications & InfoTechnology.

Biography: Elected to the Senate in 2006; born March 16, 1959, in Chicago; received a bachelor's degree from the National College of Education (now National-Lewis University); First woman president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry; Full-time state legislator.

Associated Representatives:
Barbara Hernandez
Stephanie A. Kifowit