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2017 Oswego Candidate Questionnaire: Bill Small, Oswego Township Trustee

Mar 19, 2017 09:03PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Name: Bill Small
Employment: Retired and part time at Community Unit 308 Oswego
Family: Widowed with two married adult children living away from Oswegoland. Remarried Billie Mateer Small with three adult children living in and near Oswego
Education: BS in Business Eastern Illinois University, Township of Illinois various educational seminars
Previously elected office: Oswego Township Trustee 1981-93 and 2005 to present; Kendall County Republican Precinct Committeeman 1976-2010 Vice Chairman
Relevant community service: Oswego Lions Club President, Past master Oswego Masonic Lodge, Cub Scout and Boy Scott Volunteer and Baseball Manager, Oswego Presbyterian Church Ruling Elder and Building Committee Chairman, Oswego Good Shepherd Methodist Business Planning Team and Parish-Staff Committees, Oswego Foundation for Education Excellence Founding Board Member

What makes you qualified to serve as an elected Oswego Township official? 

Community involvement interested me and I was asked to run in 1981. My current concern is that we need to create a solution to discipline elected officials. 

What are your specific plans to restore transparency and public trust in the township?  

I have submitted a request for legislation to three Illinois State Representatives, Townships Officials of Illinois President Bryan Smith and a TOIA attorney. Constituents ask the trustees and supervisor to terminate the Road Commissioner. We need legislation to create a process. Many told us that a person who made 241 phone calls from Port Charlotte, Fl in 14 months would be terminated from their employer. We need legislation that will allow us to ask local employers what their action would be for a specific circumstance. The township board can meet to discuss these ideas in open session and take action from reprimand to termination.

If any, what are your specific ideas for expanded Township services?   

We are limited to services that are allowed for townships in Laws and Duties Handbook of Township Officials of Illinois Revised. In plan language it means that there is no statute permitting a township or road district (or official) to perform a function or service the government or official may not carry out that function regardless of how much it's needed or wanted. If the statutes are silent (do not mention) regarding a particular power or function it does not exist. If the power doesn't exist, the government (or official) may not perform the service. This is Dillon's Rule named for John F. Dillon, a Supreme Court Justice in Iowa. I twas established in the late 1800s. 

Would you support an effort to consolidate township services with other local taxing bodies to eventually remove this layer of government?

In the last four years, Township Officials of Illinois gathered factual information for services provided by townships and compared the costs with the services offered by villages, cities, counties and the State of Illinois. Township services cost less. We will review any specific information that is provided to use for comparison 

If you are elected, what do you believe should be the Township’s top 3 immediate priorities?

1. Sell the former township building on Route 71

2. Rent the three additional units at our new headquarters on Templeton and replenish the township building fund. 

3. Stipends of the Supervisor (reduced from $39,000 to $22,000), Clerk (reduced from $12,000 to $8,000 and Administration assistant reduced from $78,000 may be used to create a website for displaying township bills, agendas, minutes and budgets. I believe that we also have a solution for a CPA criticism of our bank reconciliation procedure that has been ongoing for several years. 

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