To the Editor:
The only way to reduce taxes is by reducing spending. Here are some common sense ways I would reduce spending:
1. Township roads. Have a clerk take a map of township roads and the total road budget for the year. Divide the budget into miles of roads to get the cost per mile. Let’s look at Riverside Drive. The north is maintained by Johnsburg, the south by McHenry. Get a bid from each for the cost of snowplowing and pothole repair on the township’s section. Add revenue for the winning city at little added expense. Lane painting and bridge inspection should be determined by an intergovernmental agreement with the county. The township board would decide when major pavement replacement occurs.
2. Schools. One superintendent a school for the county. I believe their main job is building maintenance.
3. McHenry County Conservation District. When you look at all the city parks and state of Illinois parks, how many parks do you need? Let’s get most of the 25,000-plus acres back on the tax rolls.
Remember, if you spend the money, you have to tax it, borrow it or print it.
Walter J. Steffens