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Evanston referendum

Published: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Good news for voters in Evanston Township. In the March 18 primary, citizens will have a township referendum on the ballot, a big step in the elimination of government glut in Illinois and lowering property owners’ tax bills.

Senate Bill 1585 allows Evanston Township voters to abolish their township. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Daniel Biss, clarified state law as to whether Evanston voters could dissolve the township. It also, clearly, spells out the steps to turn over township services and property, and the time frame, if Evanston Township voters choose to eliminate the township.

Evanston Township residents, in an advisory referendum in 2012, voted in favor of abolishing it by more than a 2-to-1 margin, and Biss’ legislation allows them to put a binding referendum on the ballot.

Senate Bill 1585 had opposition. It was objected to by Township Officials of Illinois. TOI has a membership that exceeds 11,000. TOI Executive Director Bryan Smith wrote in an April 2013 township alert, “we must not let this bill pass.” Is township government such a weak government that it’s afraid to face voters at the ballot box?

Illinois has more than 7,000 governments, 2,100 more than any other state. For tax relief, Illinois needs to eliminate its excessive governments. Doing away with townships should be at the top of the list. All of township services can be absorbed by county or municipal governments at lower cost and with more efficiencies.

Evanston voters, the state of Illinois is relying on you. Don’t let us down.

Bob Anderson

Wonder Lake

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