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Subsidized taxi program in Darien

Sep 12, 2018 09:12AM ● By Tim

Subsidized Taxi (Pilot II) Program – City of Darien Pilot II Subsidized Taxi Service; providing transportation needs using coupons that reduce the cost of taxi fares.  This program serves Darien residents who are senior citizens (65+) and persons with disabilities (must be documented).  Participants must first register at the Darien City Hall by completing a program registration form and having picture taken for identification card issued within 2-4 weeks.  Ride coupons have a face value of $5.00 each and cost $2.50 each (City of Darien subsidizes ½ of the cost). Please contact Darien City Hall for further details and information at 630-852-5000.  

DuPage County Community Services has decided to discontinue Pilot II Taxi Program, due to the decline in users and usage. 

The program will officially end on February 28, 2019 and the current taxi providers will not accept coupons after that date.  The registration of new riders and City of Darien will not be able to purchase more coupons from DuPage County after August 31st. For more information, visit the county's website www.dupageco.org/community.

Dial-A-Ride:  Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb paratransit service for senior citizens and disabled persons provided by the Township of Downers Grove through a contract with PACE.  Rides can be scheduled to any location within the Township, Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. The fare is $3.  Registration is necessary before starting to use the service.  To get more information call 630-719-6685.

Home Maintenance:  Du Page Senior Citizen Council Home Maintenance Program is available for senior citizens in Du Page County. This program provides affordable repair services so seniors can maintain the safety and value of their homes. For more information please call: 630-620-0804.

Para-Transit:  Para-Transit is a DuPage County program that provides rides to Doctor, Social Security Office or Public Aid office appointments. Nominal fees each way. Must call first for appointment time 630-682-7000 ask for Para-Transit.

Elderly Services:  To better assist the Senior Citizen Population the Darien Police Department sent several officers for specialty training in elderly services.  Since the inception of the program, Elderly Services Officers have been busy meeting with Darien senior citizens and assisting them with important services. For questions regarding this program you can contact Sergeant Nick Skweres at nskweres@darienil.gov or call him directly at 630-353-8337 and he will assign an Elderly Services Officer to contact you.​

State of Illinois Circuit Breaker:  The official name of the Circuit Breaker Program is the Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief and Pharmaceutical Assistance Act. Under the Act, the state refunds to eligible senior citizens and persons with disabilities some of the money they paid in property taxes, mobile home taxes or nursing home charges. The Act also helps pay for certain prescription medicines. Part of the Act states that the Secretary of State's office provides a discount for license plates purchase or renewal.

To Apply:

·        Seniors must first fill out Form IL-1363, the Circuit Breaker and Pharmaceutical Assistance Claim form, from the Illinois Department on Aging.

·        Eligible seniors usually receive a mailing from the Secretary of State's office notifying them that they are eligible for reduced license plate fees.

·        Discount applies to one set of the following plates per household per year: standard passenger car, B-truck, persons with disabilities, recreational vehicles weighing up to 8,000 pounds, all military license.

To Receive Your Plate Discount:

The Secretary of State's office sends eligible seniors a notification after they are accepted into the Illinois Department on Aging's program. When you buy license plates or renew your license plate sticker, you must submit the notification to verify that you are qualified for the discount. If you have already renewed your license plate sticker and paid full price, and are now part of the Circuit Breaker program, you may be eligible for a refund. Call the Secretary of State's Office at 800-252-8980 for more information.

Real Estate Tax Relief:  Darien senior citizens should contact the Downers Grove Township Assessor’s Office to see if they qualify for any real estate tax relief through several programs.

  • Senior Homestead Exemption - Senior Citizens may be eligible for a $3,000 reduction from the equalized assessed valuation.
  • Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption - Senior Citizens may be eligible for protection against real estate tax increases.
  • Real Estate Tax Deferral - Senior Citizens may be eligible to defer payment of real estate taxes and any special assessments.

Minimally, these programs require that you be 65 years of age, meet income guidelines, own and occupy your home, and are liable for the payment of your real estate taxes. Call the Downers Grove Township Office to see if you qualify and for an application at 630-968-2100.