To meet the low level of need for senior support in Kendall County in the past (1998) the County put a Senior Tax Referendum Levy question on the ballot and it passed.
In the early years, there were only 5 to 7 senior assistance and services organizations in the entire County and their collective need for funding ranged annually around $200,000. The number of applicants for funding (now 10 or 11) and the need for help has increased in recent years and for the period July 2010 to June 2011 the amount awarded was approximately $330,000, although the amount requested was higher. (2) The corporate Board of OSI is comprised of 13 members, 5 of which are from the governmental entities that provide the bulk of the existing funding to OSI for the Oswego Senior Center.
THEREFORE: Oswego Township will be asking Kendall County voting officials to put the question of a Senior Tax Assistance Referendum of the April 5th ballot for Oswego Township residents. State Law mandates the tax rate requested for this purpose (0.15%) but when the Township actually levies for the money it believes it needs (assuming the referendum passes) it will be asking for only 0.02% (less than $20 per household).
I regret that this is so complex and hope this helps everyone better understand the issue. I’ll have more information next week regarding senior needs and opportunities available at the Oswego Senior Center.
Bob Wyngard, Executive Director, Oswegoland Seniors Inc.