This letter to the Northwest Herald is re-printed with the permission of its writer, Jamie Grubich of McHenry::
The Power to Consolidate – House Bill 607
Isn’t it ironic that only a few past and present employees of the McHenry Township and the Road District and one other local bureaucrat are the only ones expressing their views for keeping the Road District as a separate unit of government when it could easily be consolidated with the General Township and overseen by a Board of Trustees and the Township Supervisor giving the taxpayers the oversight and transparency they deserve?
Illinois legislators created House Bill 607, the law giving voters the power to consolidate units of government.
Why would they create a law like this if they didn’t believe it was the time to start consolidation throughout the state when the state of Illinois is all but bankrupt?
Other states, Ohio, Michigan and New York, are even giving grant monies for government consolidation efforts.
Private companies do this every day.
When a company acquires another company, they consolidate overlapping administrative functions to save money.
Why do they say consolidation doesn’t save money?
Clearly, it does.
The private sector is very successful at doing it.
The first Debt Transparency Report showed that Illinois taxpayers are on the hook for about $1 billion in late payment interest penalties just since December 2017.
Illinois has a $216.1 billion hole that it can’t plug without each Illinois taxpayer sending their $50,800 share of the unpaid debt down to Springfield. (Figures as of May 2018 published by the State Data Lab.)
Illinois has 1822 more units of government than the next closest state, Texas. Illinois has had significant population decline four years in a row.
Illinois residents pay the second highest effective property taxes in the country.
Defenders of keeping the Road District a separate unit of government have blamed unfunded pensions and problems in Springfield.
No doubt, they are right which leads right back to too many units of government in Illinois as the cause of the debt. Vote to Consolidate!