Weekend readers found an article about this new law on Saturday, but here is the press release about it from State Senator Pam Althoff and State Rep. Barb Wheeler:
New law signed by Gov. Rauner aims to save Lake County taxpayers’ money
Springfield, IL… On August 12 Governor Rauner signed a bill into law that could save Lake County taxpayers thousands of dollars annually. House Bill 5584, sponsored by State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) and State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake), allows two Lake County Sanitary Districts to have their duties and obligations taken over by Lake County.
“Illinois has more governing bodies than any other state creating inefficiencies and duplicative services,” said Sen. Althoff.
“This new law aims to consolidate those services to provide relief to our taxpayers.
“Many of the services these sanitary districts provide can be easily assumed and done so at a lower cost.”
“Reducing and eliminating units of redundant or unnecessary layers of government is a priority for me, as it leads to significant savings for taxpayers,” said Rep. Wheeler.
“There are many instances where a larger unit of government can absorb functions of smaller taxing districts, and I will continue to look for ways to reduce the local tax burden through these types of consolidations or dissolutions.”
The new law allows the Round Lake Sanitary District and Fox Lake Hills Sanitary District to enter into agreements with Lake County to undertake their assets and responsibilities and eventually dissolve.
The law takes effect immediately.