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Algonquin Township Board postpones vote on consolidation referendum

Algonquin Township Trustee Dave Chapman discusses billing issues Aug. 8 during the Algonquin Township board meeting in Crystal Lake.
Algonquin Township Trustee Dave Chapman discusses billing issues Aug. 8 during the Algonquin Township board meeting in Crystal Lake.

The Algonquin Township Board plans to vote on a township consolidation referendum next month after it was taken off the agenda during its Wednesday night meeting.

State Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, introduced a bill giving McHenry County voters the option to dissolve all 17 McHenry County townships with a referendum, which was signed into law in August.

This law allows voters to submit a petition of signatures – with at least 250 signatures or the signatures of 5% of the number of voters in a previous comparable election – requesting a referendum to dissolve their township.

Township trustees also have the option to pass a resolution calling for a referendum asking whether the township should be dissolved. If the referendum passes, a township may be dissolved as soon as 90 days after the election. If the referendum fails, a new proposal may not be introduced for 23 months.

Although this referendum originally was to be voted on by the board on Wednesday night, Trustee Dave Chapman pulled it from consideration, and the board approved removing the item from the agenda.

He said he did so because Trustee Rachael Lawrence was not able to attend the meeting and he wanted to give her a chance to speak.

“It just didn’t seem like it was appropriate to have it discussed when it might or might not pass,” Chapman said. He mentioned the township, along with missing a trustee at the meeting, also was without Supervisor Charles Lutzow, as he still is recovering from a stroke he suffered this summer.

Chapman said the referendum would be discussed and voted on next month, however.

Several townships already have taken action on similar consolidation referendums. In Nunda Township, trustees voted, 3-0, in favor of putting a referendum on the March ballot, with trustees Tim Parrish and Rob Parrish abstaining.

McHenry Township electors have opted to put the elimination question on the March ballot. A township committee then issued a request for proposal for a cost-benefit analysis identifying the advantages and drawbacks – both financial and not – of dissolving McHenry Township.

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