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Yorkville to vote on clerk, treasurer positions

Updated: February 10, 2013 5:49PM

YORKVILLE – Residents will get a chance to decide if the city clerk and city treasurer should be elected or appointed.

A referendum on the April 9 ballot will ask voters if they want the two city positions to continue to be elected. Voters will elect aldermen and school board members at the same election.

The city clerk’s office is the depository of paperwork for the city, filing and keeping records. The clerk also takes minutes at City Council meetings and files and stores those minutes.

The treasurer basically keeps the city’s checkbooks and pays the bills.

Yorkville has a separate chief financial officer who, along with the city administrator, develops and tracks the city budget. Both those positions are appointed staff.

Mayor Gary Golinski said at a recent City Council meeting that making the city clerk and treasurer appointed would be a step toward smaller government.

But that would not occur until 2014, when the current elected terms of the clerk and treasurer expire.

Treasurer William Powell and City Clerk Beth Warren would serve out their existing terms if the referendum were approved.

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