Letters to the Editor

Letter: Illinois slow to learn on township consolidation

To the Editor                                                                     

The Indiana State House has recently passed a bill to abolish all township assessor offices and transfer the duties to the county office of assessments.

Why? Bill sponsors said reports have found the county office of assessments have been more cost-effective and given fairer and more accurate assessments.    

Is any more reason needed to rid Indiana of an inefficient, unfair function of township government? Only 13  township assessor offices remain in nine of Indiana’s 92 counties. Referendums in 2008 allowed Indiana voters the right to abolish township assessors. Voters eliminated 79 township assessors at that time.   

Iowa eliminated township government in 1942. Iowa has 99 counties and one assessor per county. By contrast, Illinois has 1,431 township assessors. We still don’t seem to get the picture.   We support 1,431 separate assessor offices when the work could be done more accurately and fairly by county offices. 

We’re slow to learn in Illinois!     

Judy Anderson 

Wonder Lake

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