Proposed Concurrence with LWV of New York position on Consolidation of Government Units.
On the convention floor at Convention 2015, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton will be recommending adoption by concurrence of the following LWV of New York position on Consolidation of Government Units. A caucus will take place on Sunday at 8 AM at the Convention.
The following information is being sent in compliance with LWVIL Bylaws, Article XI Section 3(d)
The League of Women Voters of New York State (League) supports the efficient and effective operation of government. Consolidation(1.) 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.
The League supports a system of state-funded grants to local governments to study the feasibility of the consolidation of governmental units or sharing of governmental services. In determining whether to support a consolidation/shared services proposal at the local level, as a way of making government more efficient and effective, local Leagues must consider both the adequacy of the process and the likely effects of the proposal's implementation.
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:
1. As used in this position, consolidation refers to both the process of consolidation and the process of dissolution.
For more information about the New York study go to : http://www.lwvny.org/programs-studies/consolidation-sss.html.
The General Assembly passed and the Governor signed, legislation allowing the DuPage County Board to consolidate taxing bodies within DuPage County. The current County Government Structure position does not address consolidation of local government bodies within the county. Governor Rauner has recently appointed Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti to lead a consolidation task force that has been directed to recommend action regarding consolidation of the approximately 7,000 separate units of local government in Illinois by December 31, 2015
Concurrence at Convention is a valid method of adopting a new League position and is particularly useful in this situation. A traditional League study would not allow Leagues to evaluate proposed changes to state law and proposals for local consolidation/sharing of services in a timely manner. We believe that adoption through concurrence of the New York position will provide uniform criteria for local Leagues to utilize in order to insure that the League of Women Voters has a voice regarding the function and form of their local government.
"League positions are the tools which we use for our advocacy work. We need this tool; we need this position...now, not two years from now."
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