Do you remember a time when you paid your taxes to a tax collector?
Most counties in Illinois have long done away with the township tax collector position and allowed taxes to be collected via the treasurer or a local bank. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, however, four Illinois counties continue to re-elect township tax collectors.
State Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Aurora, said there should be an easier way to consolidate positions like tax collectors to streamline government.
"When you create a position, you should be able to get rid of it when it becomes no longer necessary," he said. "We need to be able to take a strong look and evaluate when a local unit of government or a particular position is no longer necessary and beneficial to the taxpayers that are paying for it."
State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, said that while a number of local positions come cheap, their benefits cost taxpayers in the long run. "They may get medical benefits or even retirement benefits, all of which costs taxpayer dollars."
Oberweis said the problem is when it's your local politician that's being consolidated. "Everybody wants to consolidate everybody else's unit of local government, but nobody wants to be consolidated themselves. The answer always is, 'Yes, you should consolidate that one and that one and this one, but not mine. Mine is important.'"
According to a spokesperson with the Illinois Board of Elections, the only way to get rid of a township tax collector in Illinois is via a countywide referendum.
Illinois has about 7,000 units of government, hundreds more than any other state.