Ned Neumann wrote this letter to the Northwest Herald. It is reprinted here with his permission:
Vote to eliminate the road district
If you are a supporter of township government you should probably give some additional thought as to what your position is relative to the referendum in the fall to combine the McHenry Township Road District into the township board operation.
If you would like to see Bob Anderson and his movement to eliminate township government go away, you should eliminate from his arsenal of ammunition the most flagrant example of wasteful government spending by eliminating the road district as a taxing body and eliminating the Highway Commissioner position which has been proven to be the most ripe for abuse with no check and balance to prevent it.
It would be a shame to lose some of the things that a township does, sometimes well and inexpensively, because they all get eliminated at the same time on account of the excesses of the Road Districts.
When I hear complaints about townships, I don’t hear any about the Senior Center, or the township park, or the senior ride programs, or public aid or other township functions, but rather always about the Road Districts.
If those who want to eliminate all of township government become successful, it will be because of the financial excesses and waste that they will be able to point to if we let the road districts survive.
We have an historic opportunity, in McHenry Township, because of a new state law, to vote to eliminate a wasteful unit of government.
Our township road districts have become an army of patronage workers who will work tirelessly to keep their gravy train running.
We certainly can’t blame them for trying to keep it going.
We’re nuts to have let it happen in the first place but even more so now that we see how ripe for abuse and waste road districts have become.
Vote Yes in November to eliminate a wasteful unit of government so it isn’t around to point to as others try to eliminate township government in its entirety.