One of the main participants in the McHenry County Board’s Township Consolidation Task Force meeting last Tuesday was Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller.
When he first spoke he told of hearing that McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller had decided to add a Highway Commissioner to the Task Force.
The Road Commissioners met and selected Miller to be their spokesman.
Then, Miller learned that he would only be a non-voting” member.
Better an advisory member than having no one represent the township officials that spent the most money in each township he figured.
When he arrived at the meeting on Tuesday, he sat down at the table.
“I did sit over in that empty chair, but I was told I had to sit right here,” said Miller standing in front of his front row seat. [Miller did not identify who told him he couldn’t see at what my family would call the “adult table” at family gathers.]
“You know a whole lot more about me than I know about you,” he told the audience.
“It’s probably all true,” he continued, drawing a laugh from the crowd.
He described the meeting as one like this:
“Let’s see what we can screw with in McHenry County today.”
“In some alternative world, this might work,” he continued.
Miller warned of “unintended consequences.”
He pointed out that the figures that had been developed did not take into account the 50% of the Road and Bridge Fund that goes directly to cities and villages.
While Road Commissioner levy [and get blamed for] the taxes raised, half of the amount paid by municipal residents goes directly from the County Treasurer’s Office to the cities and villages where the taxpayer lives.
In Algonquin Township, that amounts to $1.2 million which the municipalities receive, but take no heat for levying.
So, “the numbers are skewed from the beginning.”
Miller commented that the Task Force was going to “arbitrarily pick two townships.
“You should ask people in the townships if they want [be combined].
The Algonquin Township man said that there would be costs to county government because all the parcels would have to be renamed.
“Precincts will change.”
He pointed out that Algonquin Township does not have a Hard Road Fund, but Grafton, which one of the maps would have merged with Algonquin, did.
Miller wondered if Algonquin were merged with Grafton whether Algonquin Township taxpayers would then be saddled with Grafton’s Hard Road Fund tax.
Commenting on the relationship among township road commissioner, he declared,
“We work together now.
“We have a lot of equipment in Algonquin.
“We go all over McHenry County and Lake.”
He referred the economy of scale now operating.
Miller concluded by conceding:
“I know everyone thinks this is self-serving”
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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