State Senator Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) releases the below statement following the passage of House Bill 4637 in the Senate, which allows for the abolishment of townships in McHenry County:
As a proponent for consolidation in an effort to save the taxpayers money, I have significant concerns with this legislation.
House Bill 4637 does not specifically address the multiple issues that have been raised, and we have no guarantee they will be addressed in a trailer bill. Residents should understand the implications to Motor Fuel Tax, General Assistance, and assessment reviews before enacting this bill. What concerns me most is the fact that if a township decides to dissolve itself, its contractual obligations, including its debt, might be thrust onto the people of the entire county. That means, the voters in a particular township can decide to dissolve their township and hand over all its debt to the rest of the county.
With that being said, I appreciate the underlying conceptallowing voters the ability to choose the level of government they are comfortable with and how much of it they can afford. However, this bill leaves too many issues unaddressed.
Moving forward, I am eager to work with my colleagues on additional consolidation measures.