The Township Consolidation Task Force met Tuesday for the second time.
Again, there was no presentation of how taxpayers might save money if townships were merged other than the salaries and benefits of any elected township officials.
In short, no cost-benefit study.
There was a lot of data presented, however. (You can find it here. Maybe you can provide the needed analysis.)
Just no analysis.
After public comments, the two and a half hour meeting consisted mainly of Task Force Chairwoman County Board member (and candidate to replace Mike Tryon as State Representative) Carolyn Schofield reading the Questions and Answers that McHenry County Blog published Monday.
Questions about which Task Force member and County Board member Donna Kurtz had further questions and for which she requested State’s Attorney’s opinions were taken under advisement by Schofield.
I wondered why Kurtz just didn’t make a motion requesting the opinions.
Task Force member Roger Naylor, Coral Township Supervisor, came up with a business analogy that seemed quite appropriate.
Saying the Task Force “owe[d] it to the voters to provide a better cost analysis, he asked why the Task Force did not approach potential consolidations the way companies approached mergers.
“It’s not exactly the same, but it is similar,” he observed.
He urged the County Board to come up with some money to do a study and then move on.
In rebuttal, Kurtz claimed,
“Government is very expensive because nothing every changes.
“Not to have an open dialogue…is not a waste of time.
“This is when we do our best work when we are considering the reorganization of government.”
Riley Township Supervisor Karen Schnable asked a question that was not answered:
“Which Tax Cap will be used.
“How can the people of Reily Township know?
“The bottom line is, ‘What is the tax rate going to be?’
“I personally think we’re wasting time.
“We’re not answering the important questions.”
Riley Township Road Commissioner Dave Diamond piled on:
“Quite frankly, I’m worried about the objectiveness of this committee.”
He pointed to the lack of inclusion of a township road commissioner.
Diamond also questioned whether the League of Women Voters should be listened to as an unbiased source, while calling for a cost-benefit study.
“The concept of creating bigger units of government to save money is [ill conceived].”
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Articles in the series:
- 8-13-15 No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 1
- 8-14-15 No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 2
- 8-15-15 No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 3
- 8-16-15 No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 4