First published in the Northwest Herald, this letter to the editor by McHenry’s Elizabeth Kirk is re-published with her permission:
Supporting Citizens for Consolidation
The part of supporting Citizens for Consolidation I feel the best about is knowing that I as a citizen and the entire group of us are supporting other citizens who are the over burdened taxpayers in McHenry County, we are not members of the bureaucracy trying to hold on to power for self-serving purposes.
Are we getting our monies worth?
The state of Illinois is billions of dollars in debt with no way out but bankruptcy, pension reform and reorganization.
We all need to support each other as taxpayers and vote to consolidate and eliminate overlapping units of government locally and throughout the state every chance we get.
Have you ever shoveled snow; run the snow blower; cut grass; driven a tractor or a truck?
Have you ever purchased a home, vehicle or selected a utility or maintenance contractor?
Have you managed to raise a family, coach a team, lead a group, manage a work unit?
Do you pay your bills and maintain a household budget? Do you have your vehicle serviced?
The Road Commissioner position requires the same skill set on a slightly larger scale along with pot hole maintenance.
Is this part time position paying $106,000 plus retirement and health care benefits simply too much tax payer burden for the skill set required?
There are 1,391 Road Commissioners in Illinois.
More than half of them earn less than $30,000 and far less take benefits according to the salary information published by Township Officials of Illinois.
There are townships in Illinois that have been completely eliminated and the responsibilities taken over by other forms of municipal government; there have been consolidations between townships where neighboring townships combine functional areas, there are several multi-township assessors, out sourcing is also utilized.
We could easily consolidate the McHenry Township Road District into the General Township, transferring all employees, equipment, responsibilities and liabilities and get the job done.
Vote Yes to consolidate the McHenry Township Road District into the General Township.
Talk to your friends and neighbors.
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