KANEVILLE – Dan Ebert doesn’t like hearing people say that township government serves no purpose.
“Township government is the grass-roots form of government,” said Ebert, Kaneville Township supervisor.
And Ebert believes people benefit from solid leadership at the township level.
On April 9, voters in Kaneville Township will select those who will lead their township government for the next four years. Among other township races, voters will select someone to serve as supervisor.
Ebert, 65, of Kaneville, has served as supervisor since being appointed to the office more than three years ago. He is running for election for supervisor for the first time.
Before that, he served as a trustee on the Kaneville Township board for nine years.
He is being challenged by Alvah Withey of Kaneville. Withey did not respond to phone messages from the Kane County Chronicle. He also did not respond to a candidate’s questionnaire mailed to his home.
Ebert said the current government has managed Kaneville Township well.
He noted that the township carries no debt and, under his watch, has moved to begin fully funding its general assistance fund, which is a form of local welfare for township residents in need.
Ebert said the fund has yet to be tapped, but he said the current administration felt it was important to replenish the fund should it be needed.
He also noted the township’s work to refurbish the Kaneville Community Center, beginning with the replacement of windows that were original to the building, built in 1927.
He said the township will seek to repair the building’s roof and improve accessibility.
And Ebert said the work will be completed using rent payments collected from building tenants, rather than taxes.
However, Ebert has indicated he would oppose attempts to freeze the township’s property tax levy because he said the township would continue to increase its property tax levy based on what is allowed under Illinois property tax cap law.