The Bellevile News-Democrat is reporting that Governor Bruce Rauner has signed House Bill 6393.
It will allow Belleville Township to be dissolved.
Duties will be taken over by the Belleville City Council, if the township board approves a resolution to abolish the township, whose boundaries are the same as the city’s.
The only thing the township duty, according to Trustee Joy Schreiber, is General Assistance.
The last audited year, the township gave away $84,000 in General Assistance and spend $90,000 on “other public service and safety programs,” as the audit puts it.
Total cost for operating township government that year was $448,691.
Read this year’s budget here.
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Some may remember that I proposed that Lakewood and Crystal Lake form a new Crystal Lake Township.
That would require the McHenry County Board’s permission.
After formation, the new Township of Crystal Lake would have the same boundaries as Crystal Lake and Lakewood.
Then, local residents and officials could petition the Illinois General Assembly for permission to abolish the new Township of Crystal Lake either by resolution of the new Township Board or by referendum, as Evanston Township voters did.
My proposal would have the County Supervisor of Assessments do the assessments. There isn’t enough General Assistance to worry about and, of course, there would be no township roads.
And for those who will surely point out again that Crystal Lake Township taxpayers would no longer be paying for the only mandated township function left–assessments–here are two points:
- those in unincorporated areas are now subsidized for their police protection by Crystal Lake and Lakewood property taxpayers
- the Village of Lakewood and the City of Crystal Lake could pay for the assessment function