The lone no vote on a measure to allow a water authority to be dissolved by referendum said constituent concerns weren’t addressed.

House Bill 4371 is a government consolidation bill awaiting the governor's signature. The measure sailed out of both chambers. Senators were unanimous. The House was nearly unanimous with only state Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, voting no.

Butler said he supports government consolidation, but some farmers in his district had concerns.

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“When it came to disconnection when it comes to a water district, some of the issues are around if a referendum would fail on dissolution how many years people can come back and have another referendum," he said 

Butler said his opposition to this bill highlights problems lawmakers will run into in the future.
“When we get down the road to other issues, maybe when it comes to townships or other levels of government, I think it’s going to be a tough slog because obviously a lot of interested parties are going to step forward who are concerned about their own corner of government," Butler said.

Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of local government, more than any other state in the country.


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