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Accepting status quo

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Accepting the conclusion that not mandating Illinois government consolidation is accepting the status quo as a reasonable approach.

Very unreasonable. In a state of government excess and entitlement, do you really see any taxing units volunteering for the elimination of fiefdoms and pension benefits? The example of what is done in the private sector is correct but does not go far enough.

The private sector changes because a plan is established, accepted, communicated, then implemented. The result is either a better or less expensive way of delivering a product or service.

Merely making it possible for taxing bodies to have a mechanism for change is only the first step. Few to none will merge voluntarily without an incentive to change. Change in the private sector is painful and uncertain.

Accepting the township, municipality, county, separate taxing entity structure is an unreasonable approach. It worked well and was necessary in the 18th century, but is no longer a rational approach.

Without a top-down plan that is created and communicated by a committed government and public and painfully implemented, we will remain a reasonably unnecessary and unreasonably expensive place to live.

Tom Straley

Spring Grove

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