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Letters to the Editor

Township road thieves

To the Editor:

McHenry County Township road commissioners are tax thieves. They should be arrested for their tax crimes against municipal and homeowners association homeowners.

Fact – the township road function is a major activity of townships in terms of tax levies and expenditures. Property taxes levied by the township are levied on the entire township for use on streets and roads (only) in township unincorporated areas, excluding the township unincorporated areas of the homeowners associations where private roads are maintained by the associations. McHenry County has 30 municipalities and there are 72 homeowners associations. City taxpayers support township roads, in addition to paying a municipal tax for city street maintenance and plowing.

Homeowners association taxpayers also support township roads in addition to paying an association fee for their private road maintenance and plowing.

Municipal and homeowners association property owners pay about 90 percent of the cost of maintaining township subdivision roads.

Decade after decade, townships have filled their coffers at the expense of municipal and homeowners association taxpayers. Over the years, townships have benefited by millions of hard-earned tax dollars from these sources. Example: McHenry Township Road District revenue in 2011 was $2,924,321.77. Most of this amount was spent on township subdivision roads.

Illinois township laws are unfair to McHenry County municipal taxpayers. Illinois township laws are unfair to McHenry County homeowners associations.

What would be fair? Ballot access for a statewide referendum to eliminate 19th-Century township government. Many believe it’s time to make funeral arrangements for townships.

Townships should be abolished.

Bob Anderson

Wonder Lake

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