The question as it will appear on the ballot for your consideration
Shall the city of Danville, Illinois, adopt the managerial form of municipal government and continue to elect aldermen from wards?
We believe the answer is YES!
Newsmakers on WDAN: Linda Bolton hosts: with Jim Mulvaney & Doug Ahrens on the proposed change to Danville form of Government
Moving Danville Forward held a community forum on Wednesday, May 30th. Video courtesy of WITY Radio.
Moving Danville Forward is a grassroots, non-partisan group of concerned citizens who feel that a change is needed in how our city operates. We believe that having a trained, certified and experienced city manager handle the day-to-day operations of Danville is an effective and proven practice that offers citizens the best value for their taxpayer dollars.
This effort does not change the current structure set in 1987 where we have a 14-member aldermanic structure of the Danville city council along with a city-wide elected mayor. That all stays exactly the same. The difference is that the mayor would not handle day-to-day operations’, a city manager would. The mayor would move from a full-time to a part-time position. The task as mayor will be to craft the policies and vision of moving Danville forward as well as promoting everything great about this city. Meanwhile, an experienced city manager will be making sure that Danville is running well while navigating the murky waters of our State. Rough seas ahead, indeed. The fact is that more municipalities in the United States, over a population of 2500, use a city manager than do not. It is also a fact that cities that operate under council-manager are nearly 10% more efficient than those that operate under mayor-council.
We believe that Mayor Eisenhauer has been a true asset for us for the past 16 years and we have been fortunate to have someone who has dedicated his life to Danville. Now we must look toward the future if we want to make smart decisions on how our city will operate for our future mayors. We think that the passage of this proposal would encourage more of our citizens to consider running for mayor. If every future mayoral candidate possessed the formal education and intimate knowledge of how to run a $51 million, 200+ employee City, and the best strategies and organizational techniques to succeed, we wouldn’t need this. But that just isn’t going to happen. To expect one person to do that AND navigate a whole city is not fair to them or to the taxpayers. The mayor is the leader and the face of Danville. We feel that switching to a city manager will give us the best of both worlds. This will allow our tax money to be spent as wisely as possible to avoid tax and fee increases.
We ask you to keep an open mind and to please not hesitate to ask us any questions you may have about this. We love Danville, too, and are open for a discussion.
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How many other communities use the council-management form?
The majority do.
**Total for the number of U.S. local governments includes only those municipalities with populations of 2,500 or more for which form of government is known. There are close to 30,000 local government with populations fewer than 2,500.