To the Editor:
Good news in McHenry Township for voters. On Nov. 6, 2018 they will have the rare opportunity to reduce the size and cost of government.
The McHenry Township Board took action and passed a resolution for a referendum which allows voters to consolidate the township road district into the township.
What does this mean? The duties, responsibilities and oversight of maintaining township roads will transfer from a committee of one, the township road commissioner, to a committee of five, the township board.
Note: McHenry Township roads stay in the township. They do not transfer to the county.
Did you know that township road commissioners have almost absolute power over their budgets, buying equipment, and the hiring and firing of employees?
Did you know that the Township and the Township Road District are two separate units of government, each with its own taxing authority?
Did you know that of Illinois' 1,433 townships, McHenry Township is the only township to have a referendum for road district consolidation?
Did you know that last year, residents of Cook County's Hanover Township voted to eliminate the township's road district and consolidate the road services into the township?
A good deal for taxpayers.
Citizens of McHenry Township, this is a golden opportunity for you to get the ball rolling and reduce the size and cost of government.
Vote yes on Nov. 6 for consolidation.
It will inspire others.