Reprinted with permission of Bob Anderson:
Why we should eliminate the McHenry Township Road District
The geographical boundaries of McHenry Township and the McHenry Township Road District are identical.
They are overlapping units of two governments, each with its own taxing authority.
At the November 12, 2020 township board meeting the township board voted and passed a resolution regarding the road district transfer.
Section 2 of the Resolution reads:
A proposition shall be placed on the ballot and submitted to the electors of McHenry Township at the April 6, 2021 Consolidated Election in the following form:
“Shall the Road District of the Township of McHenry be abolished with all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations,and responsibilities being assumed by the Township of McHenry? (Yes…No)”
Why did the McHenry Township Board put the question of abolishing the Road District and consolidating it into the Township before the voters?
Because the Road District is an independent unit of government staffed by a Road Commissioner who, by law, operates with little oversight by the Township Board of Trustees and Township Supervisor.
What does it mean if I vote “YES”?
By voting yes on this referendum question you want the Township of McHenry and the McHenry Township Road District in the Township of McHenry to be consolidated from two separate government agencies and taxing bodies into one unit of government.
The Road Commissioner position would be eliminated.
What does it mean if I vote “NO”?
By voting no on this referendum question you are opting to maintain the status quo in which McHenry Township residents are served by two separate government agencies and taxing bodies in the form of the Township of McHenry and the McHenry Township Road District in the Township of McHenry.
This means the Road Commissioner position will continue to remain as the sole authority overseeing the Road District in the Township of McHenry.
Will consolidating McHenry Township Road District into McHenry Township affect the services you currently receive?
No. There will not be any change in services that are currently provided.
What are some advantages of McHenry Township Government consolidation?
1) Dissolves one unit of government and taxing body within McHenry Township, with the Township of McHenry assuming all responsibilities associated with the Road District.
2) By abolishing the Road District and eliminating the Road Commissioner position, the Township of McHenry would begin to operate in a similar operational and leadership structure as municipal and county governments with an employed staff position accountable to the elected McHenry Township Board.
3) The Road District will no longer continue to levy taxes, the Township of McHenry will be the only taxing body for all McHenry Township residents going forward.
4) Provides increased transparency of the Road Department and its operations.
What will happen if the Road District is abolished?
In the event that a majority of voters voting on the proposition are in favor thereof, then the Road District shall be abolished affected 90 days after vote certification or on the date the term of the Road Commissioner in office at the time the proposition was approved by the voters expires, whichever is later.
Have other Townships consolidated their Township Road Districts into their Township Government?
At the recent November 3, 2020 Presidential Election the voters in three of Illinois’ Townships eliminated their Township Road Districts.
These were Ela, Blomingdale and Elk Grove Townships.