Ev Evertsen, former Supervisor of Hartland Township, pointed out that the map showing township roads, which was requested at the first meeting, had not been provided.
Then he compared Hartland Township’s budget with that of McHenry County government.
“My township has reduced its budget since 2008.
“You…keep collecting more taxes.”
Evertsen predicted that any service in any of the townships consolidated would, after merger, would “be added” to all of the new entity.
He contended that the high tax rates in Illinois was not due to the large number of governments, but to “what we pay all public sector employees.
“When are you going to appoint a committee which is as stacked with people opposed as this committee is stacked with those who favor consolidation?”
“I think this is the dumbest thing that has even been proposed,” McHenry Road Commissioner Leon Van Every declared.
He related how his father had been Road Commissioner in Richmond Township.
“When he took office there were no blacktops. When he left only one was not chipped and tarred.”
One of the inspirations of the Task Force’s formation, Wonder Lake’s Bob Anderson asked,
“What are these township people afraid of the voters?”
He then launched an attack on the Algonquin Township Road District, run by Road Commissioner Bob Miller.
He itemized high priced equipment. He called them “tools.”
Also under his microscope was Burton Township with 13.33 miles of road.
Anderson also related that the Supervisor of Burton Township had committee suicide about ten years ago and that $200,000 was found missing.
Nancy Vazzano, who ran as a Democrat for McHenry County Treasurer in 2002, said that taxpayers feel there are two many governmental entities.
“There are a lot of people not in this room.
“See what you can do to reduce costs,” she asked the Task Force.
Another proponent was former McHenry County Board member Lou Anne Majewski.
She admitted to not being familiar with “the more remote townships” and directed her fire at her own–Algonquin.
“I’ve been under the umbrella of one family,” she said, referring to Road Commissioner Bob Miller, his father and grandfather.
“I feel it’s no longer relevant or justified,” that is is no longer “cost-efficient.”
She said that the township has gone from serving the public to self-servicing.
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Articles in the series:
- 8-13-15 No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 1
- 8-14-15 No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 2
- 8-15-15 No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 3
- 8-16-15 No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 4