Another letter to the Northwest Herald published here with permission of author Dave Bussell.
Why do people complain so much about a small increase in their cable or satellite bill but remain so passively uninformed about the one hundred or more times greater dollars that they provide to their township road districts each year.
How often do you hear things like:
“The township portion of my taxes is small when compared to what the schools get”?
It’s a small portion, but it is a small portion of an enormous pie and it’s a lot of money.
A lot more than the cable bill they complain about.
Even though the township portion is small when compared with other taxing bodies, that portion is large enough that hundreds of thousands of dollars of it are being spent defending the law suits that have been filed alleging that our road districts have over taxed us for years.
That over taxation is the byproduct of the budgets that are prepared by a single individual, the Road District Highway Commissioner.
Taxing bodies like our road districts need to be run by a board of elected officials rather than a single individual with no oversight.
If the referendum to combine the road district into the town board passes, nothing will change except who is running the operation.
There are no costs associated with that transfer and the entrenched bureaucrats and their supporters who constantly call for a cost benefit study to support something that has no costs are simply insulting our intelligence.
Vote yes in November to consolidate the McHenry Township Road District with the McHenry Township Board.