Tribune: Editorial: What’s next? A government to oversee the dead? Oh, wait.

Sep. 7, 2017

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune

…Voters in locales across Illinois are waking up. In April, they approved efforts to consolidate several local governments. Rising property tax bills are a painful, semi-annual reminder of how big and expensive Illinois government has become. The total property tax price tag for governments in Illinois rose from $11.7 billion in 1993 to $27.7 billion in 2015, the most recent numbers.

Statewide, Illinois taxpayers fund separate governments to oversee schools, libraries, parks, public safety, counties, forest preserves, townships, roads and bridges, community colleges, pest control, municipal government, transportation, airports, waste removal, street lights and yes, cemeteries. Even the dead in some localities have their own governmental oversight.

Many of these taxing bodies are largely ignored by the general public and operate without much scrutiny. Many offer taxpayer-funded pensions. And the costs sure add up. Look at all the line items on those property tax bills.

We hope citizens statewide exploit the saga of the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District to begin consolidating or otherwise slashing the number of local governments.

Read the full editorial here.