With much fanfare Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks announced a commission to cut the number of local governments.
The reporting date came and went.
This spring it was two years overdue.
The Northwest Herald ran an article by Kevin Craver on a bill (House Bill 5875) just pased based on the recently-released report.
Craver points out that McHenry County has “about 145” tax districts, including
- 30 municipalities
- 19 school districts
- 17 townships
- 17 fire protection districts
- 13 library districts
- four park districts
- two sanitary districts
- two cemetery districts
Of the districts listed, only the last two are affected by the bill:
- the Nunda Township Cemetery District
- the Richmond Township Cemetery District
Presumably they could be folded into their respective township governments if the bill is signed.
Death with dignity, but the functions and costs remaining.
The Richmond Township Cemetery District levied $24,575.50 for the bills being paid this year.
The Nunda Township Cemetery District will cost taxpayers a maximum of $19,762.55 this year.
The total McHenry County property tax bill this year is $797,394,337.99.
Most of Richmond Township is in Franks’ district; none of Nunda Township is.
In Algonquin Township, Road Commission took over maintenance of the Crystal Lake Cemetery on Lake Avenue. He even replaced an unsightly fence with wrought iron.