From the Rep. Steve Reick’s Office:
Rep. Reick Files Legislation to Require Cost Study to Ensure Township Road District Consolidations Save Money
Taxpayers and elected leaders seek consolidation because they want lower taxes.
I fully support consolidation that results in lower taxes.
But consolidation just for the sake of consolidation- when taxes don’t go down or possibly would actually increase- that is not in the best interest of taxpayers.
What’s missing is an accountability layer; we need an additional step of transparency so trustees and voters aren’t voting on a measure that could have unforeseen negative consequences.
On January 16 I filed legislation that would require a cost analysis to determine if consolidation proposals will actually save taxpayers money.
HB 4190 serves as a trailer bill to clarify two pieces of legislation approved earlier this year (SB 03 and HB 607).
The bill would require a cost study be conducted before a township’s trustees could take action to put a consolidation proposal before voters.
Specifically, the bill would amend the Illinois Highway Code by providing that before a township may submit a referendum to abolish a road district, the township must prepare through an independent contractor a cost study that demonstrates the abolishment is cost-effective and that the township which would assume the road district responsibilities is capable of carrying out the duties performed by the road district slated for elimination.
Any consulting firm with an existing agreement for services in the township in question or in the county where the township is located would be prohibited from conducting the study.
There are some who do not think elected officials should have to make their case for taxpayer savings before bringing consolidation proposals before voters.
I have posted a short survey to my web site to gain public input from taxpayers. Click here to take my short survey about consolidation.