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McHenry Township eyes consolidation cost study

Elimination of road district also up for discussion

The decades-old fight to consolidate townships and the McHenry Township Road District has been perpetuated by Trustee Bob Anderson, most recently through the grass-roots group Citizens for Consolidation.
The decades-old fight to consolidate townships and the McHenry Township Road District has been perpetuated by Trustee Bob Anderson, most recently through the grass-roots group Citizens for Consolidation.

A request for the McHenry County Board to conduct a cost study to determine projected financial outcomes of consolidating the county’s 17 townships into eight or fewer will be up for discussion during the McHenry Township board meeting Thursday.

The decades-old fight to consolidate townships and the McHenry Township Road District has been perpetuated by Trustee Bob Anderson, most recently through the grass-roots group Citizens for Consolidation.

Anderson said he would be in favor of cost studies in coordination with the County Board across all 17 townships and would push for such an action during the township’s meeting in September.

“I’m a little disappointed that wasn’t spelled out on [Thursday’s] agenda when I saw it,” Anderson said.

A request to conduct a McHenry Township cost study regarding the elimination of the road district, which Anderson said he was not in support of, also is on the agenda.

In February, township officials voted, 3-2, to put a referendum on November’s ballot asking whether the road district should be eliminated. This came a month after the same board voted down the referendum.

A bill filed by state Rep. Steve Reick, R-Woodstock, in December that would amend the Illinois Highway Code and require townships to hire an independent contractor to conduct a cost study to determine whether abolishing a road district would be cost-effective never made it out of committee during the most recent legislative session.

The township board will meet at
7 p.m. in McHenry Township Hall, 3703 Richmond Road, Johnsburg.

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