To the Editor:
The McHenry Township board should be applauded for the steps they are taking on behalf of their township's taxpayers.
In May, McHenry Township trustees voted 4-1 to cut their own salaries - an encouraging move to reduce the cost of local government. And thanks to efforts spearheaded in particular by Trustee Bob Anderson, this November the township will ask voters if they want their road district eliminated entirely, saving on unneeded costs.
Anderson and other McHenry Township trustees deserve praise. Moreover, other McHenry County townships should follow their lead.
The Nunda Township road district, for example, is ripe for reforms and cost cutting measures. The township has engaged in patronage hires - like hiring former Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller and his two sons-in-law, as well as hiring the son of McHenry Township road commissioner Jim Condon. This is all under the leadership of Nunda Township Road Commissioner Mike Lesperance, who made more than $93,000 in 2017, far higher than the median income in the county. Lesperance also has his stepfather Fred Space on township payroll.
Nunda Township residents and residents of townships across McHenry County deserve the same kind of efforts Bob Anderson is putting forward in McHenry Township. I hope more McHenry County townships advocate for spending reforms and cuts, and look to giver voters the option to eliminate or consolidate their township road districts.