Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association bragged that Jack Franks’ bill that would allow the McHenry County Board to do what the DuPage County Board had done with regard to governmental consolidation deserved “a shout out.”
I remember Franks’ first consolidation bill–one that allowed Richmond and Nunda Townships to abolish their Township Cemetery Districts.
But what money would be saved?
The Cemetery District Trustees appointed by their respective township boards would still have to cut the grass and prune the bushes.
The only savings would be the Trustees’ salaries.
That totals $1,500.
That’s about 7.5% of the total property tax burden.
When I received an email from the BGA praising Franks’ newest consolidation bill, I replied,
“Name government where savings from Jack’s bill could result in McHenry County.”
No reply arrived.
Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller showed me how the DuPage County Board’s having abolished a fire protection district and replacing its financing with a Special Service Area tax had raised the cost for the affected property owners.
So, as with the proposal to consolidate townships, I ask Andy Shaw and Jack Franks.
“Where’s the beef?”