To the Editor:
In states that have many layers of government, mostresidents can't even name the taxing bodies much less have the requiredknowledge to make informed voter decisions at the polls.
Illinois holds the record nationwide for the most units of government, 6,963 (2012 U.S. census and Illinois Comptroller's Office reports 8,466). Additionally, Illinois holds the record of 50th place in terms of fiscal stability according to the 2018 U.S.News and World Reports and statedatalab.org gives Illinois a big, fat "F" along with 8 other states for a financial grade.
Overlapping layers of government do not promote efficiency, cost savings or best value services for taxpayer dollars.
Illinois is one of the 11 remaining states that still havetownship governments that overlap other government units (2012 U.S. Census). Illinois has passed bills to authorize counties to consolidate or dissolvecertain units of local government.
Ohio, Michigan and New York are going muchfurther with state lead initiatives to promote and provide incentives forgovernment consolidation by enacting legislation and awarding grant moniestoward efforts for better governance, reduced costs, improved service deliveryand greater civic participation.
With the staggering tax bills in McHenry County, all taxpayers should be embracing consolidation efforts in the November 2018 election and in the coming years.
While Illinois legislators and elected officials pointfingers at each other, I'm pointing taxpayers to the polls. Ask your friends and family members to vote with you on sensiblelocal consolidation issues. For those of you that have not voted in the past,it takes 2 minutes to register online to vote in the November election. Go to mchenrycountyil.gov and register.