Under one of the posts about former Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller’s communications to McHenry County Board members is the following analysis of the future of township government by Woodstock’s Susan Handelsman:
It is not logical to expect human behavior to deviate from well documented past performance.
Now that Township government is no longer more efficient and economical than County government we may assume that Townships will be done away with.
Local history, as evidenced by McHenry County’s highest-in-nation mean/median/mode property tax rate of 3.7% of fair market value, indicates that County consolidation of power will result in corrupt waste and efficiency.
Rather than waste time bemoaning that sorrow or begging/demanding that entrenched positions change, we might look for practical solutions given realities..
1. Unincorporated areas are vulnerable to taxation for services by either corrupt (mandating charges for services far in excess of fair market private industry competitors’ rates) or inefficient (mandating charges for services far in excess of fair market value private industry competitors’ rates) public service provision by government bodies.
2. If unincorporated property owners are too lazy and stupid to act in our own self defense, this is a deserved fate. Property tax capitalization acts like reverse compound interest: property values drop at alarming rates relative to all other property values in America. Property values here will predictably drop to the point at which all property ownership can be subsumed by local ministers, at which point they may predictably relax taxation to a point to favor their own positions.
3. Solutions: neighborhoods form and hire (through competitive private bidding) snow plowing, road maintenance, and so forth on our own.
4. Solutions II: neighborhoods incorporate as municipalities and contract with adjacent municipalities for services or hire privately without prevailing wage requirements.
Bonus: TIF districts may be formed in which all property owners may be reimbursed incremental property taxation due to inflation for the next 35 years.
5. Solutions III : neighborhoods opt out of any services provided by government. Define ‘worst possible case scenario”. Leave street unplowed, ,unmowed, potholes unoatched?… Will State forces be brought to bear? Maybe ‘somebody else’ can be made to pay for road clearing at local levels.
“Looking out for number one and number one’s immediate intimates” seems to be the lesson we taxpayer idiots should learn from this experience.
Time to let go of naive notions that organisms like those which have brought our County to this state will change.
Time to let go of naive notions that new organisms elected to replace old organisms will be free of human motivations greed and fear, and behave differently.
The only relevant question we now face, in my opinion is:
What unemotional, systematic solution will enable each individual homeowner to survive another decade here?