Today we received an email blast from Avon Township Supervisor Sam Yingling with the following message:
Avon Township Supervisor
“IICSG is advocating a change in the existing law that will empower township voters to decide for themselves the relevancy of township roles and services. By giving referendum power to voters, a majority vote can authorize the dissolution and consolidation of the Highway Commission and/or Assessor’s Office, and ultimately the township as a whole. Upon dissolution, the respective services of the dissolved office will become the responsibilities of the county government.
If residents vote to dissolve the township in its entirety, the assets of the township are to be divided as follows: 50% transferred to the county and the other 50% to be equally divided amongst the public school districts operating within the township’s boundaries. The underlying principle of this legislation is that each township will be empowered to determine its own structure of township government and abandon the current ‘one size fits all’ model.”
We sent Supervisor Yingling an email asking what the school districts had to do with any of this. Why would 50% of a dissolved Township’s assets go to the local school districts? Is this just a ploy to gain local voter support? Is the school district going to be plowing and maintaining local roads previously maintained by the Township? Did the local school districts ever contribute a single dollar to the Township? Why would you NOT give the entire 100% to the governmental body that will have the added burden of picking up the slack left by a dissolved Township?
We look forward to Supervisor Yingling’s response as well as any other comments by our readers.
Supervisor Sam Yingling responded almost immediately with the following: