From McHenry County Board candidate Ersel Schuster:
Taxpayer to Taxpayer
After reading the “thumbs down” opinion (12/23/17 NW Herald), it would be difficult to conclude this is nothing more than a calculated put-down of Rep. Reich’s amendment HB 4160, an amendment to HB 607.
HB 607, an amendment to the Township Code, makes it easier to eliminate the position of Township Road Commissioner and assigns those duties to the Town Board of Trustees.
While HB 607, a political move, should never have been proposed in the first place, HB 4160 at the very least, makes it less dangerous to taxpayers by requiring the Township Board of Trustees to commission a study defining the financial pros/cons before taking the question to the voters.
As one taxpayer to another, and after decades of putting up with legislators, would-be politicians, those with an ax to grind, and the media dumping on township government, it is time to speak up.
State wide, the majority of the 1428 townships represent a population outside municipal boundaries; yet, it is often those within municipal/village boundaries who carry the majority vote affecting rural residents where the most responsive and cost-effective government is the township.
Anti-township advocates deliberately agitate and target these urban populations as their voter base.
While errant, or miss-guided public bodies abound; here in McHenry County, Algonquin Township is the current poster-child for how not to conduct the publics’ business.
In this case, and from all indications it was more likely than not the prior Board of Trustees may have been derelict in their duties of financial oversight.
As with any public entity, this mess now rests in the hands of the current Board.
Algonquin Trustees, it is time to get serious!
Grow a spine.
Collect/gather the information in dispute; reach out to an arbitrator to settle disagreements; then, where appropriate, turn the information over the proper authorities.
Your actions have unintended consequences that affect needed services for ever resident in the other 1427 townships.
As the current poster-boys/girls, your actions are being exploited by state legislators to distract from their own financial and mismanagement issues; so too with the McHenry County Board as they seek to take the county down the same rat-hole as the state by playing their smoke & mirrors pretense of having reduced the county levy for 2018.
Consolidation of any government entities can and should be the sole right of those within the boundaries of that entity.
With that right, there must be detailed evidence that any constructive changes to the entity would be in the best interest of the public. HB 4160 amends HB 607, and accomplishes this purpose.
Politicians, objectors, and media would do well to be cognizant of the implications, cost, disruption and unintended consequences of their own duties and responsibilities as it relates to the public affected by their rash actions.