In a reverse twist on former McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Sandra Salgado’s push to consolidate townships, newly-elected Chairman Diane Evertsen has sent an email to some Precinct Committeemen calling for opposition to State Rep.David McSweeney’s bill to allow voters to abolish a township in a referendum.
The most momentum for such a referendum is in Algonquin Township, yet Evertsen did not announce to the gathered Committeeman last night that she intended to send out this email.
Here is Evertsen’s email:
You will recall that last November I contacted you with a request to call and/or email Governor Rauner asking that he veto HB 171, which was to be an end run around the voters of McHenry County to bestow upon our current County Board Chairman authority which was not granted by our voters. We were successful in the Governor’s veto due to your efforts in calling and emailing.
It is my understanding that our County Board Chairman [Democrat Jack Franks], without the knowledge or approval of County Board members, has been lobbying to get legislation passed in Springfield (HB 4637) [sponsored by Republican State Rep. David McSweeney] which will impact McHenry County adversely.
The majority of the County Board (21 of 24 members) requests a “NO” vote on this bill, and would appreciate your help in contacting legislators.
During this election year, do we really want to put ourselves in a position of Republicans pitted against Republicans on a bill that is obviously not good enough for the entire State of Illinois?
Here’s a portion of the new legislation:
Section 1. Legislative intent
“Transferring the powers and duties of one or more dissolved McHenry County townships into the county, as the supervising unit of local government within which the township or townships are situated, will reduce the overall number of local governmental units within our State. This reduction is declared to be a strong goal of Illinois public policy.”
Certainly we can all understand the frustration caused when a unit of government does not function properly, and we understand the knee-jerk reaction to ‘do something’.
However, let’s be smart enough to look at the issue in a calm manner and realize that if some people in one unit aren’t performing adequately, it’s time for voters to elect better candidates.
Local government belongs in the control of local people.
Whether a party wants to promote township consolidation or not, what’s the point of reducing numbers of units if you also don’t reduce the cost of delivery of services, or if you cut services beyond what is reasonable?
Does it make sense, and is it a smart piece of legislation, to reduce the units and at the same time increase the costs of delivery of services?
Regardless of whatever else is being promoted, this bill does not serve us well.
There is no realistic plan in this Bill for cost-savings or efficiency to taxpayers, and legislators are once again asking Governor Rauner to agree to cherry-pick State legislation for one or two counties only.
There are 112 counties in the State of Illinois and if this legislation is not good enough for all of them, it certainly is not good enough for McHenry County.
I would ask that you contact Illinois State Senators and express a desire that they vote NO on SB4637 and follow that up with contact to Governor Rauner’s Deputy for our area, Robert Miller (no relationship to the Algonquin Millers) at 630/308-5906, email: email@example.com An extended contact list for Illinois State Legislators will follow, but you can start with those on the attached list.
Please remember that when you make contact, you are representing McHenry County and I urge you to be polite and friendly. Your help is urgently requested and greatly appreciated.
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Note the tension between allowing voters to pass a petition to eliminate their township government and Evertsen’s statement: “Local government belongs in the control of local people.”
Not mention in her email is that taxpayers would be guaranteed a cut in property taxes amounting to 10% of the last township levy.
Of course, those who favor passage of the bill and the Governor’s signing it can contact their legislators and the Governor’s office as well.
Find Senate phone numbers and email addresses here.
Find out how to file an electronic witness slip on HB 4637 here.