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Against Marengo annexation

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Recent articles in the Northwest Herald have detailed the city of Marengo’s expansion plans south of its current limits toward a proposed interchange at Interstate 90 and Route 23.

City leaders want people to believe that they have a plan in place. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee the construction of the ramps will be built anytime soon. Recently, the city adopted its Southwestern Sub Area Plan, which is nothing more than a color rendering of what could happen in this vicinity someday.

The problems begin when the plan is rapidly advanced and begins costing residents money today without a guaranteed return. The entire interchange proposal is based on speculation that others will pay for it. The Illinois Tollway has no funding earmarked for this particular project, and McHenry County has not formally discussed it.

Unfortunately, Marengo officials are actively pursuing land annexations to reach the tollway, to only then begin formulating plans for funding. The city wants you to believe that only they can sponsor the interchange and are trying to compel landowners to annex.

Using these sorts of tactics is bad governing, and the public needs to be aware. These decisions, if approved, will cost the Marengo and its residents money. I urge all residents of Marengo to contact elected officials to vote “no” on the annexation proposals before the city is burdened with additional responsibility.

David Diamond

Marengo

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