To the Editor:
An open letter to Bryan Smith, executive director for Township Officials of Illinois, and to all of the state’s 12,000 township officials in response to Smith’s letter to the editor (“Township rebuttal,” April 18) about the services provided by townships being essential to residents throughout Illinois, and that townships provide these services at lower cost and higher efficiency than city governments.
Bryan, there you go again, spreading township propaganda and cooking the facts. Residents living within the city of Chicago, and residents residing in 17 counties in the most rural regions of Illinois, do not receive township services. Why? They do not have township governments. Why, in the 21st century, is there even a township tax burden?
Illinois has over 1,300 local municipal governments that have replaced the state’s 1,433 townships, making townships a duplicative and extra layer of government with an unnecessary tax burden. There are eight municipalities within the boundaries of Algonquin Township. Illinois has 22 townships that have identical boundaries of city governments. How cost-effective and efficient are these townships?
Let’s have a township referendum and let the voters decide whether the cost of townships is a bargain and should remain on the tax bills. Bryan, if townships are as good as you and the other 12,000 township officials promote them to be, townships have nothing to worry about. Right?
Let’s get together and work this referendum idea out. Referendums are the voice of the people. Right?