To the Editor:
Opponents of government consolidation in McHenry Township are claiming a cost study is needed before any government is consolidated.
That argument is nonsense because we taxpayers can see and feel the costs of excessive government.
The Illinois Policy Institute reported that former township employees have collected about $300 million in pension benefits in the past
20 years. That is unaffordable.
And those costs only will increase in the future as township payrolls are bloated.
McHenry County residents paid some of the highest property taxes in the state in 2017. We need to cut back on costs where we can. McHenry Township voters may make that move this November in eliminating their road district, but other townships deserve a say, too. Nunda Township is no stranger to high payroll costs and even is under investigation. Nunda Township trustees should give voters the same option McHenry Township voters have to consolidate.
What are trustees afraid of, besides road district employees losing their jobs? I call on all four trustees to give voters the option to abolish the Nunda Township road district.
If they are not going to trust taxpayers with making the decision, they should resign. They clearly are not working on our behalf if we are not given the chance to choose reform. If voters choose not to consolidate, fine, but we should at least have the choice.