From the Desk of the Supervisor - Dan McCormick
Updated October 2015
Groveland Township Financially Sound:
The Township Board monthly scrutinizes expenditures and the many line items on our budgets. The Township operates within the parameters of a balanced budget and annually shows modest budget balances in all funds. The Board has not requested any tax increases in several decades. Unlike some municipal governments, Groveland Township prides itself on its fiscal condition and the fact that we only spend what we take in.
The Township's elected officials live throughout the geographical area that encompasses the Township borders. Elected officials live in Creve Coeur, Marquette Height, East Peoria, and the unincorporated community of Groveland. The Township elected officials and Township Board meet monthly - generally on the second Monday of each month at 6pm.
Long-Time Problem Finally Solved:
For the last several decades the issue of responsibility for the Terminal Road area has been in limbo. No one maintained the roadway, no one accepted responsibility, and no one really cared about the residents. In the last year Fondulac Park has deeded the area to Groveland Township, and the Township has accepted responsibility for structuring a new surface for the area. In a very short time the residents of Terminal Road will have a surface to use as a roadway and a surface that will receive attention when snow falls. Groveland Township is proud to accept responsibility and proud to respond to the needs of the residents of Terminal Road.
Fahey Hollow Bridge Now Open:
A cooperative effort between the County and Township has now produced a safe new bridge for the residents who use that road. The old bridge had eroded so badly that the road had to be closed so that no one crossed the bridge. Tazewell County led the charge to replace the facility, which is part of a Township road, and Groveland Township shared a portion of the financial burden for the new facility. This project demonstrates what can be done when various governments pool resources and cooperate to get things done.
What a mess!:
While our State Government remains in turmoil and thousands of individuals and programs suffer, township government remains solid and constant. We continue to operate without asking for help. When Groveland Township funds dwindled, we cut personnel and consolidated positions and services. We've never asked for "more" - we adjust our needs and make the necessary decisions to keep services flowing without interruptions. There are constantly efforts to do away with township government and let the county absorb responsibilities now done by townships. This knee-jerk reaction is promoted without any analysis of what it would cost the taxpayer in dollars or services. We hope the general public will recognize that township government is our most grassroots form of government and is as local as you get.
I will try to give all readers some idea of our major accomplishments of the past few years. This will give you some ideas of where your tax dollars have been spent.