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Trustee Bob Anderson, a longtime advocate of township consolidations or eliminations, urged township Supervisor Craig Adams on Thursday to determine whether McHenry County plans to conduct an independent study to examine the financial effect of township consolidation.
Should the county not be conducting one, Adams said the township would look into conducting its own outside study on the effect of consolidations.
“I think the board has the opportunity to move forward and get that study, and say that we would like to do what’s possible to get it on the ballot,” Anderson said.
Tensions between McHenry Township trustees persisted Thursday night in the third meeting held with recently elected trustees, as conversation steered away from items on the agenda and looked ahead to booking future discussions about the potential benefits of consolidating the township.
To emphasize his point, Anderson asked Adams to recite the three mandated services of a township: the assessment of properties, the maintenance of roads and bridges, and general public assistance.
Afterward, Anderson pointed to specific expenditures and services offered within the township that he deemed were outside those three areas, including the township’s annual membership fees – about $1,000 a year – for the Township Officials of Illinois.