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Wallace Supports Local Government Consolidation Plan

07/12/2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Hoping to reduce the size of government and provide relief for taxpayers, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, backed House Bill 171, which would allow for the consolidation of local government bodies.

“We have the opportunity to streamline local government in order to be more efficient for taxpayers,” Wallace said. “This bill is an important to allow consolidation to move forward and give residents more power.”

House Bill 171 is the Local Government Consolidation bill. Under this proposal, the township boards of adjacent townships could authorize, via resolution, a voter referendum to consolidate adjacent townships into a single township; or dissolve a township and absorb it into two adjacent townships with which it shares a border. Additionally, House Bill 171 allows a township board to abolish, via resolution, its road district if the roads in that district total less than 15 miles in length and a voter referendum approves of the road district’s dissolution.

“Government consolidation is an important initiative of the governor, and this was another opportunity to recognize his priorities,” Wallace said. “I agree that we should be looking at ways to make government more efficient and responsible. This measure helps to do that.”

For more information, please contact Wallace’s constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at litesa@staterepwallace.com.


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