Each month each McHenry Township gets a share of Motor Fuel Taxes from state government.
The distribution formula has money going to municipalities, counties and townships.
The share for cities and villages is based on population, as is the sare for income tax. That explains most of the reasons for non-census year counts. (Woodstock, of course, had one in order to gain the Home Rule status ability to raise taxes without a referendum, which its city council did.)
The share for counties is determined by its proportion of vehicle licenses.
With townships, it’s lane miles of road.
To be more specific, Tim Peters of IDOT writes that MFT funds are distributed to local agencies in the following breakdown:
- 49.10% goes to the municipalities- apportioned in proportion to population;
- 16.74% goes to the counties having a population 1,000,000 or more (Cook County);
- 18.27% goes to counties having a population less than 1,000,000 – apportioned in proportion to motor vehicle license fees collected;
- 15.89% goes to the road districts/townships – apportioned to each in proportion to a total mileage of roads in the State.
Here is what was sent to McHenry County township road districts in March (the number of lane miles is in the middle column):
The language of Rep. David McSweeney’s township abolition by referendum bill does not allow for the transfer of the share of Motor Fuel Taxes that would otherwise be used to help pay for the upkeep of the roads were the township to remain as is.