(60 ILCS 1/235-20)
General assistance tax.
(a) The township board may raise money by taxation deemed
necessary to be expended to provide general assistance in the township to
persons needing that assistance as provided in the Illinois Public Aid
Code, including persons eligible for assistance under the Military Veterans
Assistance Act, where that duty is provided by law. The tax for each
fiscal year shall not be more than 0.10% of value, or more than an
amount approved at a referendum held under this Section, as equalized or
assessed by the Department of Revenue, and shall in no case exceed the
amount needed in the township for general assistance.
The board may decrease
the maximum tax rate by ordinance.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection,
if the board desires to increase the maximum tax rate, it shall
order a referendum on that proposition to be held at an election in
accordance with the general election law. The board shall certify the
proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the
proposition to the voters at an election in accordance with the general
election law. If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in
favor of the proposition, the board may annually levy the tax at a rate
not exceeding the higher rate approved by the voters at the election. If,
however, the board has decreased the maximum tax rate under subsection
(a), then it may, at any time after the decrease, increase the maximum tax
rate, by ordinance, to a rate less than or equal to the maximum tax rate
immediately prior to the board's ordinance to decrease the rate.
(c) If a city, village, or incorporated town having a population of
more than 500,000 is located within or partially within a township, then
the entire amount of the tax levied by the township for the purpose of
providing general assistance under this Section on property lying within
that city, village, or incorporated town, less the amount allowed for
collecting the tax, shall be paid over by the treasurer of the township to
the treasurer of the city, village, or incorporated town to be appropriated
and used by the city, village, or incorporated town for the relief and
support of persons needing general assistance residing in that portion of
the city, village, or incorporated town located within the township in
accordance with the Illinois Public Aid Code.
(d) Any taxes levied for general assistance before or after this Section
takes effect may also be used for the payment of warrants issued against
and in anticipation of those taxes and accrued interest on those warrants
and may also be used to pay the cost of administering that assistance.
(e) In any township with a population of less than 500,000 that receives no
State funding for the general assistance program and that has not issued
anticipation warrants or otherwise borrowed monies for the administration of
the general assistance program during the township's previous 3 fiscal years
of operation, a one time transfer of monies from the township's general
assistance fund may be made to the general township fund pursuant to action
by the township board. This transfer may occur only to the
extent that the amount of monies remaining in the general assistance fund
after the transfer is equal to the greater of (i) the amount of the
township's expenditures in the previous fiscal year for general assistance
or (ii) an amount equal to either 0.10% of the last known total equalized
all taxable property in the township, or 100% of the highest amount levied
for general assistance purposes in any of the three previous fiscal years.
The transfer shall
be completed no later than one year after the effective date of this
amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly.
No township that
has certified a new levy or an increase in the levy under this Section
during calendar year 2002 may transfer monies under this
No action on the transfer of monies under this subsection shall be taken by
the township board except at a township board meeting. No
monies transferred under this subsection shall be considered in determining
whether the township qualifies for State funds to supplement local funds
for public aid purposes under Section 12-21.13 of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
(e-5) The township board of Gray Township in White County may approve by resolution or ordinance transfers of monies from the township's general assistance fund to the general township fund no later than one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly if:
(1) the township receives no State funding for the