Starting on 5/1/2013 the city council started appointing the Newton Illinois city treasurer instead of electing the
treasurer as had been done for over 100 years.
The reasons that they did this is that with a elected Treasurer you can possibly have someone who will not
necessarily go along with routinely being in violation of state statutes concerning Municipal Finance and actually
insist that the law is followed. They want someone who they can show the door if they do not like to do "creative
financing", and besides that a long time alderman's daughter in law wanted the job.
What really annoys me about the deal is that the current Treasurer does not even live in Newton, pays no taxes in
Newton but yet has a large role in why Newton Illinois property taxes are among the highest in the corrupt state of