Bill to Abolish Township Road Districts Passes House with Majority Support

State Rep. Sam Yingling of Grayslake announced a bill he sponsored has recently passed the house. – repsamyingling.com 

by Long Hwa-shu

A House bill, sponsored by State Rep. Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake), that enables voters to decide whether township road districts should be abolished to eliminate duplication of services has passed the House with overwhelming support.

House Bill 607, one of Yingling’s signaure bills to consolidate government agencies to save taxpayer’s money, passed with a bi-partisan veto-proof majority of support on the evening of Thursday, April 27.

As the chairman of the House Committee on Government Consolidation, I am constantly looking for areas of government that require consolidation to help reduce the high property tax load that is unfairly placed on middle class families.”State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake

“Illinois has almost 7,000 units of local government—the most in the nation.  Excess layers of government lead to outrageously high property tax bills for my constituents,” Yingling pointed out.

“We can no longer afford to pay for these redundancies and I will continue to pass legislation that eliminates government duplication,” he vowed.

House Bill 607 allows the board of trustees of a township to place the question on the ballot of whether the township road district should be abolished.

“As the chairman of the House Committee on Government Consolidation, I am constantly looking for areas of government that require consolidation to help reduce the high property tax load that is unfairly placed on middle class families,” Yingling said.

“The passage of my recent bill is one solution I am delivering to the people of my district and I encourage the Senate to act immediately on it,” he added.

One thought on “Bill to Abolish Township Road Districts Passes House with Majority Support

  • May 3, 2017 at 9:52 pm
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    The irony in looking over the Illinois House Committee list(s) is the overlap & duplication that exist in their own committees. Mr. Yingling should provide a comprehensive analysis of how of the services are actual duplication of services versus simply moving expenses from one government body to another. The number of roads is a fixed number regardless of government body. The need to maintain infrastructure is equal cost regardless of named government body oversight. Is the expectation that another government entity will just absorb the cost & service delivery at no additional cost? What is the plan for service delivery & infrastructure maintenance of local roads/highways?

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