Jamie Grubich of McHenry wrote the following letter to the Northwest Herald, which is published with her permission:
Consolidate the Road District
To be clear, the McHenry Township Road District Referendum is not about saving your roads, snow so deep emergency vehicles cannot operate or a haircut.
The referendum is also not about a battle between two people, Mr. Anderson or Mr. Condon.
The referendum is about the form of government in Illinois and the need for taxpayers to regain control through redefining how they want to be governed.
The current effective and efficient bureaucratic systems in Illinois have delivered you, the taxpayers,
- nearly 2000 more units of government than any other state;
- $216 billion short fall in uncovered debt;
- bankrupt public pension plans;
- some of the highest property taxes in the nation and
- many township lawsuits for misuse of taxpayer monies and taxpayers cover the excessive legal fees.
My opinion is that if we had proper oversight and transparency in governing for all to see, we would not have had the bureaucratic creep and corruption that has put Illinois behind 49 other states financially making us essentially, a failed state.
We should have studies on consolidations and cost studies every year for every budget item for every government function.
It should all be public information and easily obtained by anyone.
It should be part of the job description of every elected official to reduce the size and cost of government.
Government units should be doing this all the time.
Instead, we have bureaucratic turf wars and we see self serving governing and competing and overlapping functions.
We also see different bureaucratic units supporting each other rather than the taxpayer.
For instance, the filings on record with the State Board of Elections shows filings of supporters for Facts First Pro Township like Bob Miller and Iron Mike and various other groups, yet the Facts First Group didn’t report those transfers.
We need a lot more transparency and oversight in all forms of Illinois government.
With House Bill 607, we can consolidate the Township Road District into the General Township with oversight by the Township Board of Trustees.
Vote Yes to start consolidations in Illinois beginning with the Township Road District.