The following letter to the Northwest Herald was published today and is reprinted with the permission of its author Jamie Grubich of McHenry:
Township efficiency argument fizzles when taxes keep rising
If you were told by elected officials that they were the most efficient and effective form of government doing more for less every day, yet your tax bill went up every year, year after year, when would you think that just maybe, possibly, that you might be getting smoke blown up your bottom?
Those same elected officials wouldn’t think of trying to consolidate with other government units because there was no possible way that costs for the tax payer could be further reduced, after all, these government units are the model of efficiency and all of the leaders must hold their knowledge of efficiency and cost savings abilities close to their vest preserving their own future over that of the lowly taxpayer.
Funny though, they all work in a state that is bankrupt but can’t go into default and bankruptcy protection yet because the laws don’t allow.
There is for the first time ever, a willingness in Springfield from the governor on down, to admit that the state is in real trouble.
Voters in McHenry County are being given the opportunity to vote to consolidate the redundant and antiquated form of township government into the county.
People in McHenry County are really hurting with the excessively high taxes and rapidly declining property values.
The federal tax laws for deductions on income tax help almost no one because of the high property taxes and the burden is so high because of the huge costs associated with about 7,000 units of government in Illinois, 2,822 of them being township government units and highway departments associated with them.
When the Governor of Illinois gives you the ability to consolidate units of government for guaranteed tax savings, you vote to consolidate.
Some people in McHenry County said no one would apply for the Valley Hi rebate being offered to tax payers.
Over 47,000 residents applied for the rebate splitting $15 million that they were previously over taxed on.
All Illinois taxpayers should join the government consolidation movement to preserve what’s left of Illinois.
Vote to consolidate McHenry Township during the March 2020 election.