Letters to the Editor

Letter: Townships are unnecessary

To the Editor:

Illinois townships, the wasteful system in local government and how they compare with some other township states. 

Townships in Oklahoma were abolished in 1933 and transferred their functions to counties. Iowa townships have not been a functioning unit of government since 1952. In Minnesota, 96 townships have been dissolved since 1933. In 1946, two Missouri counties voted to join the large majority of the state not having townships. Michigan turned all township roads over to counties in 1932. Townships in Ohio have been decreasing since 1942. In Wisconsin (only unincorporated areas) pay a township tax and roads are plowed by the county. Believe it or not, in Illinois, taxpayers fund 1,432 townships, in addition to 1,394 township road districts. 

Viewed in this light, it is understandable that there is a growing movement in Illinois to consolidate some townships, and eliminate others.

Townships, the unnecessary tax burden in the 21st century.

Bob Anderson

Wonder Lake

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com and all Shaw Media Illinois content from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.