To the Editor:
Who would not be in favor of a local initiative that would deliver oversight to a committee of five (The McHenry Township Board) instead of a committee of one (The McHenry Township Road Commissioner) and provide complete transparency to the taxpayers?
That is precisely what voting yes to consolidating the McHenry Road District into the McHenry Township will do. It eliminates the legalize that originally authorized the road district to be its own unit of government and consolidates the function under the township.
Illinois currently has 1,391 township road districts, which operate independently from the 1,431 general township units. Township government units make up 2,822 of the 6,963 total units of Illinois government (2012 U.S. Census; Illinois Comptroller's Office reports 8,466 units).
We have thousands more units of government than any other state and the worst fiscal stability rating of all the states (U.S. News and World Report 2018).
Township roads will continue to be plowed and maintained bythe McHenry Township. Overlapping units of government cost taxpayers real dollars in administration and overhead and do not provide more value to the basic service of road maintenance.
Oversight and transparencey will help prevent additional investigations from being launched by the McHenry County State's Attorney for the misuse of taxpayer monies. In 2018, three McHenry County Townships are now under investigation; Algonquin, Nunda and Grafton (IllinoisPolicy.org). We cannot afford any taxpayer dollars to be used for investigations with our property taxes being the second highest in the nation.
I again point taxpayers to the polls while Illinois legislators and elected officials point fingers ateach other and the other unit of government. Remember to ask your friends and family members to vote with you on sensible local consolidation issues. For those of you taxapayers that have not voted in the past, it takes 2 minutes to register online to vote in the November election. Go to mchenrycountyil.gov and register.