I’ve long wondered why those living in municipalities are forced to subsidize the police services of those living in “the country.”
DuPage County allows those living in unincorporated areas apparently pay extra for better police coverage from its Sheriff’s Department.
Under the DuPage County arrangement four townships are supposed to pay 80% of the cost, DuPage County 20%.
The audacious question I would like to bring up is
Why should those living in municipalities pay anything for the policing of unincorporated parts of McHenry County?
When an area incorporates, its residents know that they will have to pay for police protection.
One alternative is to contract with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department.
That costs money.
Why should those living outside of cities and villages get a comparatively free ride, getting police protection from the Sheriff’s Office while paying the same tax rate the incorporated folks pay for operating the Sheriff’s Department?
Why not charge a user fee?
Preckwinkle backed off on her proposal, but intends to take suburban road maintenance and building money to pay for the policing.
And, she says there still needs to be some way to pay for the Sheriff’s Policing of unincorporated areas other than taxing those in incorporated areas, in other words to end the subsidy of those living in unincorporated areas.