To the Editor:
Illinois townships, the wasteful system in local government and how they compare with some other township states.
Townships in Oklahoma were abolished in 1933 and transferred their functions to counties. Iowa townships have not been a functioning unit of government since 1952. In Minnesota, 96 townships have been dissolved since 1933. In 1946, two Missouri counties voted to join the large majority of the state not having townships. Michigan turned all township roads over to counties in 1932. Townships in Ohio have been decreasing since 1942. In Wisconsin (only unincorporated areas) pay a township tax and roads are plowed by the county. Believe it or not, in Illinois, taxpayers fund 1,432 townships, in addition to 1,394 township road districts.
Viewed in this light, it is understandable that there is a growing movement in Illinois to consolidate some townships, and eliminate others.
Townships, the unnecessary tax burden in the 21st century.