August 14, 2015
To the Honorable Members of
The Illinois Senate,
99th General Assembly:
Today I return
Senate Bill 650 with specific recommendations for change.
permits a territory within a fire protection district to be disconnected from
the district and transferred to a contiguous district provided that certain
criteria are met, including that the transfer will not cause a serious injury
to the district from which the territory is being disconnected. Illinois courts
have used fact-specific inquiries to determine what constitutes “serious
injury,” including with reference to loss of property tax revenues, but without
setting a single numerical threshold.
changes, this bill would provide that a loss of 10% or more of property tax
revenue is a “serious injury,” taking away some of the discretion previously
used in the fact-specific inquiry.
suffering from too many units of local government. For government to be more
efficient and responsive, we need to enable, not hinder, consolidation of local
governments. Unfortunately this bill’s attempt to define “serious injury” could
impede efforts towards consolidation.
pursuant to Section 9(e) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I
hereby return Senate Bill 650, entitled “AN ACT concerning local government”,
with the following specific recommendations for change:
page 2, by deleting lines 6 through 24; and
deleting pages 3 through 7; and
page 8, by deleting lines 1 through 4.
changes, Senate Bill 650 will have my approval. I respectfully request your concurrence.