Comments on Township Abolition by Referendum Legislation – Part 3

The comments on State Rep. David McSwee

“again” says:

I believe that Wilcox and Reich are on the right with this one.

This bill is poorly written and will ultimately give Franks or anyone else in that position more power with less oversite.

Lets try and look at this logically. Lets say Algonquin Township dissolves next year.

The County mostly will take over its roads.

Now the County will now have to plow, maintain, or redo those roads.

County Roads have different standards then Township Roads.

They deal with drainage, easements etc.

Township Roads in General are cheaper to redo and maintain.

If roads need to be redone now by the County they must go out to bid and pay prevailing wage unlike the townships doing the roads themselves.

You also have to take into consideration the MFT.

How does it get distributed?

Supervisor duties now could become another headache but feel that these could be taken care of by local governing bodies if the designated monies that went to the townships would go to the County or local governing bodies.

You are still going to need someone as Assessor in Algonquin because Woodstock is to far away for people to deal with property tax issues there.

Now the County has to mostly take over the services.

Do they use the Algonquin Township building to store plow trucks or is it over at DOT and they have to drive to Algonquin Township to take care of roads which is a lot of time and money.

Now 2 yrs go by and McHenry Township dissolves.

Now the County and other entities must come up with a plan for them.

Doing hodpodge elimination will become a huge burden over time and will end up costing taxpayers more.

I am for consolidation but this is the wrong way to go about it.

And if anyone really read what happened about this bill the leaders did not allow any amendments to this bill to be discussed and voted on!

Wilcox was right for not voting for this when they say we can put tail amendments later!

That is a bunch of crap and can bet it wont happen until McHenry Taxpayers fork out tons of extra money for this.

But Jacko gets to say McHenry County consolidated government! Jacko the sound bite!


Comments on Township Abolition by Referendum Legislation – Part 3 — 4 Comments

  1. I would essentially agree.

    I think that all townships have to go.

    However, it should take place all at once, and in all of the counties in the state not just one of them.

    The GA made it impossible for a citizen referendum to be successful in abolishing all of the townships in a county such as McHenry back in the 90’s when they reacted to Bob Anderson’s attempt by adding the requirement that 3/4ths of the townships in a county had to back the dissolution.

    The only place that might happen would be a completely urbanized county such as Cook.

    Rural areas will cling to their townships, regardless of the actual necessity.

    A better approach, as I outlined in comments to a previous post, would be to allow the gradual dissolution of a township when certain land or road percentage thresholds are reached.

    Once most of a township has become urbanized, it loses it’s remaining viability.

    Either that or let’s abolish all of the townships in the state all at one time through legislative action, and provide for proper takeover by counties or municipalities.

    What would be Wilcox’s, McSweeney’s and Reick’s takes on that?

  2. If townships are so damn good, What about these states?:

    States which once had but no longer have civil townships

    Iowa had 1,608 townships in 1942. By 1952, their responsibilities and functions had essentially been absorbed by their counties, were considered “vestigal”, and were no longer counted.

    Oklahoma did have civil townships statewide upon statehood. On August 5, 1913, Oklahoma voters passed the Oklahoma Township Amendment, also known as State Question 58. This allowed the creation or abolishment of townships on a county by county basis. By the mid 1930s, all counties had voted to abolish them. Their former names and boundaries were used for United States census counting purposes and census documentation through 1960, after which Census Counting Divisions (CCDs) were used.

    South Carolina had 2 townships in 1952, those of Folly Island, and Sullivan’s Island.
    The 1870 Constitution of Virginia required the division of counties into townships, but an amendment in 1874 converted those townships into magisterial districts.

    There were 31 states without organized town or township governments as of 2012:

    New Mexico
    North Carolina
    South Carolina
    West Virginia


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