Letters to the Editor

Letter: Township governments outdated, unnecessary

To the Editor:

Where is all that property tax money going? To support Illinois’ bloated local government system of 7,000 governments. Homeowners across Illinois pay higher and higher property taxes each year supporting multiple layers of government, many, like township governments, that are unnecessary in the 21st century.

Many townships like my township, McHenry Township, are so flushed with cash that three times a year they put out expensive 20-page “newsletters” that boast of programs that most people, like myself, will never use. A government that must put out newsletters to promote themselves is a government to be removed from our tax bills. Can you imagine the public outcry if Springfield or Washington, D.C., sent out newsletters promoting programs such as bingo, line dancing or touch-a-truck, to mention a few? The public has never demanded such so-called services.

Are Illinois residents so feeble they require the most layers of government (2,000 more) than any other state in the U.S.? No.

The multiple layers of government we have are costly and way more than we can afford. Should our elected officials be looking for ways to support government consolidation or elimination? Yes. Should our elected officials be looking for ways to reduce services? Yes. Should Illinois’ 1,433 townships be consolidated or eliminated? Yes. The sooner the better. It’s time to start peeling the township government onion.

Reducing the size and cost of Illinois’ governments is a good thing.

This will go a long way in “saving Illinois.”

Bob Anderson

Wonder Lake

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