From: LWVGP Committee looking at Auditor Referendum on March 20,2018 ballot
Re: Report to the LWVGP Board of Directors
Approved by Board of Directors LWVGP
The Committee met three times.
The first meeting reviewed available information:
background information from Peoria County Board Nov 28 meeting
wording of the ballot referendum
2018 Peoria County budget
LWVIL "Consolidation of Governmental Units & Sharing of Major Gov. Services”
PASS FORWARD report dated June 28,2012
other LWVGP committee reports
The second meeting collected information from: Shelly Hranka (Tazewell Co auditor); Kent Rotherham (Peoria Co auditor); Steve Sonnemaker and Carol Van Winkle (past Peoria Co auditors); candidates Alan Paredes, Emily Rotherham, Jessica Thomas; Andrew Rand (Peoria Co Board chair); Steve Morris (Peoria Co Board vice chair); six leaguers and four citizens. The auditors/candidates had been given background information available and were told our committee would recommend whether the League "Support, oppose, stay neutral, or other."
Pertinent LWVGP position: "C. The LWVGP urges continuing study exploring cooperation and sharing of responsibilities between local governmental units for the purpose of reducing local government costs and providing better services to all the citizens of the area."
Pertinent LWVIL position: "The LWVIL supports the efficient and effective operation of government. Consolidation of governmental units and the sharing of major governmental services may be a way of promoting the efficient and effective operation of government. In achieving this goal, the League supports a cooperative and transparent process, in which citizens have sufficient and timely information with which to make informed decisions about proposed actions , and well-defined channels for citizen input and review. Administrative and fiscal efficiency should be included in the criteria by which local governments consider whether to consolidate or share major services. ... As used in this position, consolidation refers to both the process of consolidation and the process of dissolution." Also, "In determining whether to support a consolidation/shared services proposal as a way of making government more efficient and effective, local Leagues should apply the following criteria. While it is not necessary that each standard be met, the League recognizes that these standards represent potential benefits of consolidation, leading to more efficient and effective government:
Further, LWVIL's Where We Stand positions regarding "County Government Structure,” the following position: "County legislative bodies should have the right to require independently elected county officials to adhere to the same personnel and procurement systems as appointed county department heads."
The third meeting addressed these considerations:
In conclusion, the Committee reminds the LWVGP Board and membership that our local positions for over 20 years has included that the County Auditor is not a policy-making position and should not be elected. Further, with advances in technology and changes in county government structure, we support a "YES" vote on the referendum:
"Shall the elected Office of the Peoria County Auditor be eliminated, effective December 1, 2018, and replaced with a professional County Auditor qualified and appointed by the County Board with a 5-year term during which such appointed County Auditor can only be removed from office for malfeasance or official misconduct? YES NO"
The preference of the committee is to eliminate the County Auditor position; passing this referendum is a path to that possible outcome.
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