Letters to the Editor

Letter: McHenry Township Road District is a 'rip-off' for taxpayers

To the Editor:

According to McHenry Township Road District property inventory records, the district has a grand total of $15.2 million worth of buildings/facilities,machinery and equipment. This is a “Rip Off’ of the district’s hard-working families and senior citizens being taxed out of their homes.   

The deluxe McHenry Township Road District has a 250 count of equipment, trucks, plows, sanders, tractors, chainsaws, etc.There are 16 dump trucks, worth about $2 million, 31 plows worth about $250,000, 14 sanders worth about $61,000, 6 tractors worth about $200,000 and 10 chain saws worth about $18,000. One chain saw cost $1,370. 

The following is a list of the road district's high-end inventory, rounded to the nearest thousand: Sweeper $194,000, Mack dump truck $177,000, Mack dump truck $168,000, Mack dump truck $158,000, John Deere loader $154,000, paint striping machine, $148,000, dump truck $134,000, aerial lift $131,000, anti-ice dispenser, $111,000, boom mower $80,000, Case backhoe $78,000, John Deere skid-steer $61,000, salt conveyor & hopper $52,000, Ford Pickup $39,000, Ford tractor sweeper $28,000, sandbagger $25,000, stump cutter $20,000, and traffic signmaking system $20,000.  

Note: There are nine municipalities that are completely or partially within the boundary of the McHenry Township Road District whose roads are not plowed or serviced by the McHenry Township Road District. However, these residents pay over 80% of the property taxes to fund the McHenry Township Road District’s operation. This is a taxpayer “rip-off” of municipal property owners.  

The McHenry Township Road District has too much staff, oversalts its roads, (not good for the environment) and overplows its roads (wasting fuel).

McHenry Township Road District? A culture of nepotism, patronage, cronyism, waste and over-taxing its residents.  

Bob Anderson

Wonder Lake

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