To the Editor:
This is in response to the Northwest Herald article quoting McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks that there are benefits to municipalities owning and managing their own wastewater services.
Although this could be true, I have not found all cities and villages to be capable and competent in managing or in securing the services of vendors and others to manage and operate their utilities. It is my experience, and I have witnessed mismanagement of operations, mismanagement to supporting rates to the consumers’ disadvantage. Additionally, and allegedly, any utility reserve funds may be used for other city operations. The Lake in the Hills Sanitary District has been operating efficiently and economically to the advantage of its users. Its professional and talented in-house staff has saved thousands of dollars by not having to hire outside vendors. The Lake in the Hills administration has built a reserve to replace equipment necessary to supply good service without a special assessment. Common sense tells us to keep the existing operation.