Friday morning the Legislative Committee is considering a resolution sent to it by the County Board.
The guts of it are below
WHEREAS, the McHenry County Board desires to have an independent, third party assist with the study of township consolidation and develop a model that will assist the County Board and voters on the impact of township consolidation.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the McHenry County Board Chairman is authorized to enter into an agreement with an independent organization to complete a Township Consolidation Assessment Model (TCAM) to assist the County in making data-driven policy decisions concerning township consolidations; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the agreement with an independent organization will not exceed $15,000 and as the final agreement is developed every step will be taken to reduce the final costs of the study; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that as a model the Township Consolidation Assessment Model that will be developed will be of value throughout the State of Illinois and McHenry County will seek a cost-sharing partnership with the State of Illinois and other Illinois Counties…
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The resolution is too narrowly focused in my opinion.
I believe it should be broadened to consider the formation of new townships by the County Board consisting entirely of incorporated areas.
It is really hard to argue that those living within municipalities receive significant benefits from township government.
Put another way, what would residents of cities and villages lose if they were not served by township government?
The General Assistance part is trivial.
The streets are maintained by their municipal governments.
That leaves assessments, which could be contracted out to county government (or even absorbed by county government, the way that police protection is provided by the Sheriff’s Department to unincorporated residents.)
Just forming such municipal township governments would not be my end game, however.
I would suggest that local legislators be approached, as they were in Evanston and Belleville, with the request that local voters be allowed to abolish their township government by referendum.