A petition is circulating in Algonquin Township seeking an April referendum to abolish that unit of government as an independent entity.
If passed, the township’s functions would be taken over by McHenry County at the end of 2021.
A tax cut of 10% in the township portion is mandated by the law sponsored by State Rep. David McSweeney.
Because of objections raised by State Senator Craig Wilcox after the first version was sent to Governor Bruce Rauner, but not signed, all of the tax money collected and the assets of the township, for example, the township complex, must be used for the benefit of township residents.
Some current functions are mandated by law:
- assessing property
- maintaining township roads
- providing a form of welfare called “General Assistance”
In addition, Algonquin Township provides services that are not mandated by law, including
- bus service for seniors
- brush drop-off
Those and others, such as supplying meeting locations and storage sheds, would be up to the County Board, but, considering half of the County Board members have districts with significant portions in Algonquin Township, it is unlikely that popular programs would disappear.
445 petition signatures are required to put a referendum on the ballot.
They must be submitted by Friday, December 4th.
Those wishing to assist in gathering signatures may email me at email@example.com and I’ll see one is emailed (or mailed).