State Rep. David McSweeney’s legislation to allow voters to eliminate township government has garnered a number of comments. Some of the more cogent ones are below:
From “An American:”
If McHenry County has to pick up the tabs for any debts and obligations, shouldn’t McHenry County voters get a say on it?
Seems like if you can just schluff off your responsibilities on the rest of the county, and now that cost is dispersed among more people then you’d be better off, but the person outside of the township being abolished would be worse off.
Why should county taxpayers be responsible for what an individual township did when many of the people in the county live outside of the township and had no responsibility or say-so in the township’s matters?
[To the best of my knowledge, only Dunham Township has outstanding debt and that is what remains of a $1 million bond issue for road improvements.]
Didn’t Franks tell a newspaper that an IGA could be worked out as they hash out the details?
How will an IGA work when the unit must be abolished after 60 days?
Wouldn’t the entire transition have to occur within 60 days?
There wouldn’t be any township employees after that point, right?
What happens to elected officials if a township abolishes itself?
Will they still get paid the yearly salary?
Will they have to be paid until the end of their term?
Who will pay them if the township is abolished?
Will this open up the possibility of lawsuits?
Why is McSweeney using the state to force a 10 percent cut on local governments?
How is it conservative to micromanage local governments?
I think McSweeney has jumped the shark again.
The guy seems to really enjoy chasing headlines.
Ask him a policy question on FB or Twitter and watch him ignore you…
He has no idea what he’s doing.
“Out of towner” answers the township debt question:
Debt outstanding based on latest reports filed with the State Comptroller:
- Chemung $906,398
- Dunham $579,100
- Greenwood $154,574
- Hebron $369,373
- Marengo $154,502
All other Townships showed zero.
McHenry County reported their outstanding debt at $ 85,748,432.
The McHenry County Conservation District reported indebtedness of $95,370,000.