A protest is planned for Tuesday ahead of a special meeting where the McHenry Township board is expected to vote on eliminating the senior bus program.
The event will take place 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on the northwest corner of Route 31 and Johnsburg Road, near the Township Hall, 3703 N. Richmond Road, Johnsburg. Terry Kappel, district 32 precinct committeeman for the Democratic Party of McHenry County, organized the rally.
The township bus provides door-to-door transportation services for seniors and adults with disabilities who live in the township. Riders pay a suggested donation of $2 a ride. The bus goes to places such as Northwestern Medicine hospitals and the McHenry Community Health Center, according to the program’s website.
A discussion – with no action – on the future of the bus program was on the regular board meeting agenda last week, but Trustee Bob Anderson called for a special meeting to discuss and vote on the matter all at once.
The net cost of the program – minus revenue such as grants and rider fees – is $189,729 annually. Expenses include payroll, fuel cost, contractual services and insurance, according to township documents.
The service provided 12,572 rides between April 1, 2018, and March 31, according to township documents. The cost for the program is about $7.68 a property tax bill each year.
The meeting will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday at the township hall.