Our township time machine

April 12, 2014 

We were reminded of a couple quotes following the annual meeting Tuesday of Belleville Township.

"Every nation gets the government it deserves," said French philosopher and diplomat Joseph de Maistre in 1811.

"Silence implies consent," which is a legal maxim.

The irrelevant Belleville Township factions rallied their bases on Tuesday to face what pressing question? Whether the town board's meetings should be at 3 p.m. or 7 p.m.

Remember, this is a layer of government that exactly overlays the city of Belleville. It costs taxpayers $775,500 a year. It maintains no streets or public services. Its only duty is to hand out some aid to the poor, which it administers at a cost of about $1 for every $1 doled out.

In a city of 45,000 people, there must be more than 60 concerned about their property taxes being higher than necessary to support this governmental relic. And even among the 60, there must be a better topic than meeting times.

No? Nothing coming to mind?

Then the 60 have the government they deserve, and the silent majority has voted as well.

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