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The Future of Capital Township

January 25, 2019

420 S. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62701
217-523-2787

TIME: 7:30am

PHONE: 217-725-1869

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The Future of Capital Township

Speakers:

THE HONORABLE ANDY VAN METER

Chairman

Sangamon County Board

 

THE HONORABLE JIM LANGFELDER

Mayor

City of Springfield 

 

Moderator:

Dr. Kent Redfield

Professor Emeritus

University of Illinois Springfield 

Capital Township was established and named by the Sangamon County Board on March 6, 1878. On February 17, 1892, the limits of Capital Township were made coextensive with the limits of the City of Springfield. However, due to various referendums since then, Capital Township is no longer coextensive with the City. Capital Township is unique among townships in Illinois for several reasons. First, the boundaries of Capital Township are wholly contained within the corporate boundaries of City of Springfield. Second, since Capital Township is wholly within the City, all roads in the Township are maintained by the Springfield   Department of Public Works. Consequently, Capital Township does not have a road commissioner or levy for road maintenance. Finally, the Sangamon County Clerk and the Sangamon County Treasurer are ex officio township officers, serving as Township Clerk/Assessor and Township Supervisor respectively. 

Capital Township provides two main functions to the residents of Capital Township: assessing property within the township and administering general assistance to qualifying residents. 

Capital Township 2018 Budget 

GA Assistance

$1,059,500

GA Admin

428,214

Assessor

602,740

Admin/Collector

343,663

Total

$2,434,118

 

Approximately $2,000,000 is generated by local property tax, which is about $46 for a $150,000 house. Any merging of the Township with the County or the City, or even dissolving   the Township, is mostly symbolic. But in a state that has nearly 2,000 more units of local government than any other state, symbolic is progress. 


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