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Illinois lawmaker seeks to abolish townships to lower taxes

A state lawmaker says Illinois needs to consolidate some of its roughly 7,000 units of government to reduce local property taxes, and he thinks eliminating townships would be a good start.

Posted: Mar. 17, 2018 11:54 AM

CHICAGO (AP) - A state lawmaker says Illinois needs to consolidate some of its roughly 7,000 units of government to reduce local property taxes, and he thinks eliminating townships would be a good start.

Republican state Rep. David McSweeney of Barrington Hills is sponsoring a bill to make it easier to mount township abolition campaigns in McHenry County. He says "the reason property taxes are so high in Illinois, is because we have 7,000 units of government."

The Chicago Tribune reports Illinois has more than 1,400 townships. They're a layer of government formed primarily to serve rural communities, but most states don't have them. Many studies show that local government consolidation saves money.

But advocates of township government argue that it's the most responsive and inexpensive way to help residents.

Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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