Township Budgeting – Cutting Out the People

Somewhere in the debate on township consolidation, the comment was made that the people have the power to decide the budget at the Annual Town Meeting. Unless there has been a drastic change since the 1970’s. The public has not … Continue reading

Sparse Pol Turnout at LITH Parade

I noticed my camera’s battery was low when I got it out before the Lake in the Hills parade. Catching my attention were the two Algonquin Township Senior Buses ferrying people from one end of the parade to the other … Continue reading

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 4

One of the main participants in the McHenry County Board’s Township Consolidation Task Force meeting last Tuesday was Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller. When he first spoke he told of hearing that McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller had … Continue reading

Algonquin 7 Precinct Results

My precinct is number 7 in Algonquin Township. Going through some stuff, I found the election results from last November’s election. Before I file them I thought I post them. Jim Obeweis won 54% of the vote in Algonquin 7, … Continue reading

Tax Considerations on Township Consolidation

Commenter Susan has done the math on a couple of the townships which consolidation proponents suggest should be merged. Her analysis is below: Am I missing something, or is the voter’s decision made by simply looking at the comparative tax … Continue reading

Searching for the Motivation for the Township Consolidation Push

This is not the first time that I have wondered why folks are putting so much effort into getting township consolidation referendums on the ballot. It seems to me that none of the smaller townships will end up with majorities … Continue reading

Roads Cared for By Township Highway Commissioners

In an attempt to get people thinking about the proposal to combine townships, look at the number of miles of road each Township Road Commissioner maintains: In addition, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller writes that he offers assistance to … Continue reading

A Benefit of Consolidating Township Governments

Back in the 1970’s, Algonquin Township Assessor Forrest Hare computerized his office, probably the first to do so in the State of Illinois. He also took an interest in how assessment could be made more accurate. Hare looked at measures … Continue reading