-By Warner Todd Huston
This is one of the best ideas I've heard in quite a while. The Chicago Tribune reports that the fate of Evanston Township might be put to the voters soon. By "fate" I mean whether or not there will even be an Evanston Township at all.
Voters might be given the chance to dissolve the government entity knows as "Evanston Township" passing all the duties of said government body to the County.
Seem like a strange idea? Well, consider that townships are merely an additional layer of unnecessary government -- a government that bleeds you o tax money -- and you'll start to realize how unnecessary a "township" is.
Townships, especially those in an around the densely populated Chicago area, really are a waste of tax money. Back in 2009 I 2wrote a piece about the waste that is the Illinois township idea.
Then I noted:
Townships were originally created for two main purposes: raising taxes to take care of roads in unincorporated areas and to provide temporary aid to the poor.
...this extra layer of government is collecting large amounts of taxes, spending only a fraction on the two purposes for which they were created, and banking all the rest amassing huge surpluses all the while hiring friends and family members for false, make-work jobs that create no wealth for the community.
Unfortunately, as the Trib notes, the last time a township was eliminated was in 1932! Since that time the waste and graft has rolled inexorably onward.
So, I fully support eliminating townships whenever possible. They all should be done away with.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany's Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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