Looking at articles in Springfield’s State Journal-Register Sunday, I found one about a Citizens Efficiency Commission that’s looking at township government.
Sangamon County has 52 townships.
There are archaic creatures called Township Collectors that collect the first installment of real estate taxes.
A bit different from McHenry County’s situation with 17 townships and no township collectors.
The Farm Bureau has weighed in with recommendations that includes cutting the number of townships in half, getting rid of the township collectors and ” further consolidation” of the township assessor function. (Yours truly sponsored the Multi-Township Assessor law after a statistic study was conducted by Algonquin Township Assessor Forrest Hare which showed that assessing jurisdictions less than 5,000 people were markedly less uniform than those over 5,000.)
In November, 2102, a county referendum created the 23-member advisory group.
State Rep. Jack Franks is even mentioned in the article. He tried his best to take over several of the smaller townships three years ago and had some, but not universal, success.
And this old carnard is again put forth: “Township government is the closest thing we have to pure democracy in the United States,” Donelan said.
Maybe the “closest,” but not very close.
The budget-setting teeth of Electors at the Annual Meetings were pulled in the early 1970′s when uppity residents of unincorporated roads in Nunda Township set even line-item in the Road Commissioner Leroy Geske’s budget at $1. They forgot that the Road Commissioner gets paid out of the Town Fund, so he got paid. I wonder how he did any work.
And, as citizens of Grafton Township have discovered, the Township Trustees won’t put just any resolution on the Annual Meeting agenda.