The time to vote for a change of representation is approaching! Getting upset when you receive your 2014 tax bill will be too late! Voting for candidates for five important positions effecting Geneva will begin soon. (Early voting starts on March 23!)
Who’s running and what do you know about them?
Geneva School Board – three openings- seven candidates
Three seats on the seven-member Geneva School District 304 Board of Education will be filled. Three are incumbents. Candidates elected will serve four-year terms expiring in April 2019.
Geneva Alderman – two contested wards - four candidates
Seven seats on the ten-member Geneva City Council will be filled. Only the FIRST and FOURTH wards have multiple candidates. Candidates elected will serve four-year terms expiring in April 2019. (Geneva Ward Map.)
Want to know more?
Kane County Chronicle - ELECTION CENTRAL
The Chronicle’s ELECTION CENTRAL section is one of the most comprehensive sites for factual information provided by candidates. Learn why they are running and their goals. If you are short on time, this is the GO-TO site!
Meet the Geneva Candidates Night
Thursday, March 12, 5:30 to 8pm - Riverview Banquet Hall, Batavia
Candidates Forum - GHS Student Council
Monday, March 16, 6 pm - Williamsburg Elementary School (1812 Williamsburg Avenue), Geneva •
League of Women Voters-Geneva Candidate Forum
Tuesday, March 24, 7 pm - Kane Co. Branch Court, Randall Rd. Geneva
The forum's format was question and answer and was moderated by Rick Nagel, editor of the Geneva Patch. Questions focused on the topic of fiscal responsibility.
Due to time constraints, questions were not be taken from the audience.
GenevaPatch is a community portal that covers anything and everything in Geneva, including breaking news, crime, business, government and education issues.
GenevaTaxFACTS was formed in August 2008 by Geneva residents to understand the operations of all Geneva taxing bodies and present facts to the community. Its website includes school board meeting videos with coded links to specific topics.
Early voting begins March 25 and election day is Tuesday, April 9
The article listed below recently appeared in the Kane County Chronicle as an opinion column. It attempted to answer the question: Should vendors,doing business with the school district through awarded contracts, be allowed to contribute to PAC funds whose sole purpose is to pass building referendum? While not illegal in the state of Illinois, is it ethical?
Since 1985, voters rejected tax rate increases 4 times and accepted a rate increase 3 times. In every case, the rate increase was requested a second time before it passed. During the same period, 7 bonds referendum for construction passed while 2 were defeated. In both cases the original request was defeated and then a second request, at a lower dollar amount, was asked and passed. The attachment shows dates, results, and any next steps. This attachment even includes the detailed press statement provided after the almost $80 million 2007 referendum passed by 100 votes. This recap was taken directly from the Geneva School District website and placed into a flow chart.
Attached is a copy of the D-2 semi annual report for a Political Action Committee (PAC) named Geneva Citizens For Excellent Schools. As of January 3, 2011, this fund has a balance of $10,018.29. The sole purpose of this PAC is to support the passage of school referendum for the Geneva School District. The treasurer listed on the form is a former member of the Geneva Board of Education.