To the Editor:
A part-time township official earns $9,000 more per year than Gov. Pat Quinn. Another example of townships spending a lot of money.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli receives an annual salary of $186,000. Quinn receives $177,000 per year. Furthermore, township supervisors receive gold-plated pensions and health care benefits.
Township supervisors have one small state-mandated duty to perform. Supervisors oversee the township General Assistance aid program.
Illinois has 1,433 township governments, which is one-fifth of all townships in the U.S. Note: Taxpayers in 30 states do not have townships on their tax bills, as well as 17 of Illinois’ 102 counties.
Illinois taxpayers pay taxes to support about 12,000 township officials in addition to many more thousands of township employees. Yes, they all support this redundant and outdated form of government.
Illinois is No. 1 in the U.S. for the number of local governments with 7,000 governments for its 12.8 million people, which is about one local government for every 1,800 people.
Texas, a non-township state, has 5,200 governments for 26.4 million residents, that’s one local government for each 5,100 people.
The excessive number of township redundant governments not only contributes to waste, fraud and abuse, but it also is a large part of the cost of the Illinois pension problem.
In the 21st century, townships are unneeded government that clearly contribute to the political corruption of Illinois’ politics with their acceptance of nepotism and cronyism.
Townships should be abolished. Support township referendums.