To the Editor:
The Nunda Township resolution on whether to dissolve the township by 2037 is a sham and an insult to taxpayers.
Nunda Township Supervisor Lee Jennings must think residents are stupid if he sees this plan as legitimate. While Jennings might want to keep the township around so he can cash in on his pension, taxpayers can’t wait until 2037 to cut government. We need property tax relief and more efficient local government now.
Nunda Township in particular is a poster child for wasteful local government. The township engages in widespread patronage hiring on the taxpayer dime. Highway Commissioner Mike Lesperance not only created a position for his stepfather, Fred Space, but hired the son of McHenry Township Highway Commissioner Jim Condon after Condon hired Lesperance’s son, the Illinois Policy Institute first reported in 2018. Lesperance has showed that favoritism before, hiring former Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Bob Miller and his son-in-law.
It doesn’t stop there. Multiple members of the Konieczski, Salm and Drain families have been able to make local government a family business in Nunda Township. Meanwhile, us taxpayers struggling to pay our property tax bill have to pay the price.
We should be asked to dissolve Nunda Township immediately. We need to cut local government as soon as we can, and Nunda Township has been a waste.
I agree with the Northwest Herald’s October editorial calling this resolution a sham. It’s a sham and an insult to those of us being handed massive tax bills for unaccountable, corrupt government.