Elected Officials & Duties
There are seven (8) elected positions in Washington Township. They consist of the Township Supervisor, Township Highway Commissioner, the Township Assessor, the Township Clerk and four (4) Board Trustees. Here is a brief description of those positions and duties.
The Township Supervisor serves as the chief executive officer of the township with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, serving as chairman of the township board of trustees, administer of the general assistance program and overseer of township cemetery maintenance on township responsible cemeteries. The supervisor is also treasurer of all town funds including general assistance, cemetery funds, and road and bridge funds. The supervisor does not control the Township Highway Commissioner nor the Township Assessor (or their employees) as the highway commissioner and assesor are elected officials and not employees of the Township Supervisor.
If a Washington Township resident has questions concerning supervisor administered programs or duties, please contact the supervisors office at 309-444-2987.
The Township Highway Commissioner has sole jurisdiction and responsibility for construction and maintenance of all roads and bridges within the township district except roads maintained by the city and/or the county. These responsibilities includes snow plowing, resurfacing, rebuilding and new construction of roads and bridges.
If a Washington Township resident has a question about township highway responsibility for their property area, feel free to contact the Township Highway Commissioners office at Ph.309-620-1783.
The Township Assessor appraises property and places a tax assessed valuation on it according to formulas set by the Illinois Department of Revenue. The assessor does not assess taxes or property.
If a Washington Township taxpayer feels their property taxes are incorrect, they should contact the Township Assessors office to schedule an appointment for assistance at Ph.309-444-4734.
The Township Clerk is present at and records all board and executive board meetings and maintains all township records except for active general assistance cases.
The clerk also serves as the local election authority and is responsible for accepting petitions concerning township elections and/or referendums.
As the ex-officio clerk of the township road district, the clerk also maintains all records for the Highway Commissioner and must witness all bid openings for both the township and road district.
The Township Trustees ensure the effective management of township programs and services, monitoring resource allocation and providing accountability oversite.
Trustees meet monthly with the Township Supervisor, Township Road Commissioner, Township Assessor and Township Clerk on the second Tuesday of every month at 5:00pm to assess progress. The general public is invited to attend any of the monthly board meetings.