FREEPORT (WIFR) – While businesses are bouncing back many local cities and towns are still struggling to balance their budgets and local municipalities are being forced reorganize how they run things. Freeport Township is one of those, as they prepare to make changes in programs and policy after having already made changes in personnel to try to cut spending.
The township gets most of its funding through the city’s property taxes but property values have suffered since the recession stifling funding and forcing the township to downsize so it can still serve its clients.
Township Supervisor Patrick Sellers says there will be new programs aimed at assisting clients in gaining job skills so they don’t have to rely on township services for a long period of time.
“The ultimate goal of a township is to help a person help themselves,” said Sellers. “Everyone in the world deserves to have a good life, and if we can help a person to have a good life, help them to help themselves get a good life, then mission accomplished for Freeport Township.”
Freeport Township provides services currently to over 140 people living in Freeport.