Ditton and Company Try to Supress Vote With Lawsuit Threat
At the July 2015 Avon Township Monthly Board Meeting the Supervisor and Trustees were given the opportunity to censure Avon Township Assessor Christopher Ditton. This all came about as a result of an earlier Town Hall meeting in which local residents expressed their frustration over the lack of Assessor Ditton’s professionalism and failure to perform his duties. As a result a resolution to censure Assessor Ditton was drafted by a resident of the community, submitted to the Board, and appeared on the July agenda. However, at that meeting there was quite a bit of hesitation in passing the resolution due to costly lawsuits involving the Assessor. One of the Trustees just wanted it all to ‘go away’, another felt that if the Board was going to pass a censure it should be much more item specific, and others felt that the censure should come directly from the residents. Thus another Town Hall meeting was scheduled for August 24th at the Township Center in Round Lake Park.
As it turned out the censure resolution was heavily tweaked by the Board to include exactly why the censure resolution was being brought against Assessor Ditton. They included a number of reasons which you can hear read aloud by Supervisor Rusch in the video below. It should also be noted that the Assessor (or his attorney) sent an email to the Supervisor threatening further legal action if the item regarding censure was not removed from the agenda prior to the meeting. By passing the censure resolution it would appear as though the Avon Township Board has decided not to operate under fear of reprisals from Assessor Ditton for every action that they take which doesn’t please him. It also sounds as though it has become a very hostile environment at the Avon Township Center which will need to be addressed at the next election.
You may recall the battle over reduced budgets for all departments that were enacted by the Board due to a big drop in revenue caused by the previous administration’s vote to reduce the tax levy. When Assessor Ditton burnt through the funds allocated for his office he closed it to the public for several months and placed a sign in the window telling people to go to Waukegan with their questions and problems. Ditton then turned around and sued the Township for additional funding.
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