Belleville Township had someone cheat it out of 11 months worth of aid while the person held a job. If the person got the full $245 a month in gift cards that they typically give, then the fraud at the most amounted to $2,695.
That kind of pales in comparison to the fraud on the taxpayers that the township has represented since 1885.
The township has no purpose other than to hand out those gift cards. Last year it cost $465,000 so this senseless added layer of government, with the exact same boundaries as the city of Belleville, could hand out $177,000 in general aid.
Belleville Township is so flush with cash that it has about $700,000 in reserve funds.
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The township will use Equifax to check the income of those seeking help. It will also ask that the “double-dipper” be prosecuted.
So where do the taxpayers turn for relief from Belleville Township? The bill to allow its dissolution remains on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk.