Welcome to the web pages of Moraine Township, serving residents in the southeast corner of Lake County, Illinois.
April 4 2017 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION
Early Voting Begins March 20 at theHighland Park Police Station
Click here to order a ballot by mail or find your polling place. Ballots will be mailed on March 20 for those wanting to vote by mail. Early voting also begins on March 20.
The county clerk's office will not have the ballots available for you to view on-line until around March 20, but you are welcome to call Stacy at 847 377-2314 with questions. To see a list of all candidates filed in Lake County click here, for referenda click here.
SENIOR ASSESSMENT FREEZE FORMS AVAILABLE
The Senior Freeze Exemption freezes the taxable value of taxpayers' primary residence for income-qualified seniors. To qualify, applicants must:
For more information, call Moraine Township Assessor's office 847-432-2100
- Be 65 years of age or older
- own the property as their principal residence for the past two January 1
- Have a total household income of $55,000 or less
HOW MUCH WAS YOUR 2016 PROPERTY TAX PAYMENT?
Preparing your 2016 tax return and want to confirm your Lake County real estate tax deduction? Click here.
MORAINE TOWNSHIP IS A WELCOMING AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY
At its March 9, 2017 Board Meeting, the Moraine Township Board of Trustees passed a resolution in support of the Partnership for a Safer Lake County's Welcoming and Inclusive Community. Elected officials recited and signed the attached pledge to stand against hate and discrimination and affirm that Moraine Township is a welcoming community for all.
If you would like to be part of this effort, please sign the attached pledge and drop it off at 777 Central in Highland Park, email email@example.com, or fax (847-432-2178). We will display your signed pledge with ours.
Free Tax Assistance for Low-Income Taxpayers Starts February First in Moraine Township
From February 1 through April 8, 2017, Moraine Township will offer free assistance to low-and-moderate-income taxpayers filing their 2016 income tax returns through the IRS VITA Program (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance).
Volunteers are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to prepare basic returns for taxpayers earning less than $55,000 in 2016. Appointments will take place in the Moraine Township Office, 777 Central Avenue, Highland Park, and are available mornings, afternoons, and evenings, Monday to Thursday and Saturdays 9 AM to 12 PM. Walk-in hours are Saturday 9 AM to 12 PM.
Click here to learn more or call 847-780-6644 today to schedule an appointment.
April 4, 2017
- Voter registration is available at the Township office through March 7, 2017.
- Early voting takes place March 20-April 1, 2017 at the Highland Park Police Station, Lake Forest City Hall, and other sites in Lake County.
Further information is available at elections.il.gov and lakecountyclerk.info, or contact Clerk Gail Feiger Brown at the Moraine Township office.
Moraine Township Reduces Property Tax Levy and Elected Officials Compensation
The Moraine Township 2016 Property Tax Levy will be reduced by 5%, and compensation for Elected Officials will be cut by 28% for the 2017 - 2021 term, as decided by a Moraine Township Board of Trustees vote last week. In the last four years, Moraine Township has reduced its levy by over 9%.
The reductions are funded by the elimination of rent expense due to the October purchase of a permanent home for Township services, reduction in Elected Officials compensation, as well as reorganization of office staffing, according to Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi. Click to read more.
Moraine Township Secures Permanent Home to Serve Residents
In a tax-saving move, Moraine Township has purchased a building to continue serving residents with critical human services. The new space will remain conveniently located in downtown Highland Park so that clients can continue to access the popular Food Pantry and for Township staff and volunteers to adequately deliver other needed social services. Click to read more.
HELP WANTED! Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for Low-Income Residents 2017
Last spring Moraine Township partnered with IRS to provide free assistance to low-income taxpayers in preparing their income tax returns. Our volunteers trained online to provide this help, and residents were extremely grateful. The training takes about 40 hours, and volunteers work one or two 4-hour shifts a week February, March and the beginning of April.
If you are interested in helping us with this effort next year, please call me and we can meet or talk about the time and effort required.
If you are bilingual (Spanish / English), or know someone who is and might be interested, please feel free to forward this email. We would love to provide one or two shifts a week to our residents who are more comfortable with Spanish than English.
If you know someone who can use this assistance, please feel free to refer them to us!
Thanks so much for caring about our struggling neighbors!
Community Members Support the Moraine Township Food Pantry
Birdie Cohen and Daphne Christopoulos present earnings from their lemonade stand to raise funds for the Food Pantry
Roxanne Kupfer with cleaning supplies and paper products from Building Blocks Childhood Center collection for Moraine Township Food Pantry.
Kevin Klug, owner of Klug Orchards, donates produce weekly to Moraine Township Food Pantry at the Ravinia Farmers Market - thanks to Mike Babian for facilitating this valuable nutritious donation for our Pantry.
FOOD PANTRY MOST NEEDED ITEMS
- Fruit - canned or cups
- Graham crackers
- Crackers - all kinds
- Pancake mix
Kelly Nichols of Mom's Clean Air Force hosts local food drive for Moraine Township
MORAINE TOWNSHIP OFFERS FREE NOTARY SERVICE AND VOTER REGISTRATION
Need a notary? Register to vote? Visit us!
NO LONGER DRIVING? NEED A RIDE?
Moraine Township has two Door-to-Door vans operating from 8:30 to 4:30 weekdays to take seniors and disabled residents up to 15 miles beyond the Township border in any direction (except east!). Call 847-432-2000 to schedule a ride.
FEED THE METERS, FEED YOUR NEIGHBORS
The change collected at the two new "parking" meters installed in downtown Highland Park will lead to positive change in the community's fight against food insecurity. Spearheaded by Namrita Narula, a sophomore at Highland Park High School, all funds collected from the donation station meters will be used to purchase fresh produce for the Moraine Township Food Pantry.
"Food insecurity is a reality in our community," noted Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, "and we were thrilled when Namrita came to the City Council with the request to have the collection sculptures in downtown to provide additional funding for the Food Pantry."
"We are inspired by the compassion and dedication of this young woman to help our neighbors going through difficult times," commented Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi.Click to read more.
CHECK OUT THE REVISED ASSESSOR's PAGE for detailed information on: how your property is assessed, how the levy is determined, how you can compare your property to others, understanding the Appeals process, and more.
DOWNLOAD FLYERS WITH INFORMATION about Moraine Township services in English and Spanish here online, or stop by our office.
FOOD PANTRY is open during regular daytime hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Pantry is available as needed at other times requested by residents who are unable to come during pantry hours. Call us at 847-432-3240.
When residents visit our Pantry, in addition to bags of dried food and canned goods, we also provide frozen meat, fresh produce, and when possible, eggs and cheese.
NEED INDIVIDUAL or FAMILY HELP: Contact ourGeneral Assistance Manager to inquire about qualifying for utility bill assistance and much more.
TRANSPORTATION: If you are interested in furthering access to public paratransit or seeking more information, take a look at our page on Transportation. Moraine is active in the LCCTSC.
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