Letters to the Editor

Letter: Independent study needed on townships

To the Editor:

Regarding the excellent Jan. 7 article, “A Controversial Mission – Bob Anderson making inroads in effort to abolish townships,” I had questions as to how well Bob Anderson, the 
Wonder Lake barber, has thought through the issue although he’s been pondering it for almost 30 years.

Anderson wants to eliminate townships to lower property taxes, but he gives no numbers to make his case that taxpayers would save money. I guess we’re supposed to take his word on this? 

In fact, the article gives some numbers for the other side of the argument: Taxpayers might end up paying out more money if outside consultants take the place of township employees.

I believe a careful and thoughtful path forward is offered at the beginning of the article.

McHenry Township Supervisor Craig Adams suggests an independent study would help voters determine if taxpayers save or lose money if road districts are abolished and their responsibilities are placed under the township supervisor.

But, I’d take it further.

I’d hope such an independent study would be expanded to review the bigger issue – whether abolishing townships (Bob Anderson’s ultimate goal) would be prudent financially. 

To make the right decision, isn’t it best for voters (and township trustees) to be informed by an independent study?

One final note, I have been a resident of Nunda Township for almost 30 years. I do not have family, relatives, or friends who work for the township.

I’ve found Nunda employees to be expert, friendly, helpful and responsive.

Such attributes are invaluable.

Jim Bauman

Crystal Lake

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