To the Editor:
The McHenry County Board is a clown show, apparently. In December, 18 supposedly conservative Republican members voted to raise the county tax levy by $80,000. Then last week, newly elected board Chairman Jack Franks tried to place a referendum on the ballot of the upcoming municipal election asking citizens if local governments should need taxpayer approval to raise property taxes. This time, 17 members voted against allowing us to simply consider the question. They even refused to turn on their county-issued iPads and vote electronically, because they didn’t want the people to know how they voted.
Franks seemed to be the only person in the room with any sense. In an effort to work together, Franks delayed his plan to place a referendum on the ballot about eliminating the office of the Recorder of Deeds because the Republican who holds that office, Joe Tirio, asked him to. He also asked for more input from the board on a question regarding the board’s size after several members asked him to. Franks has shown a desire to work together repeatedly, yet many board members are clearly partisan hacks who will not work with him to cut taxes and bring voters into the reform process.
We don’t need Springfield and Washington-style obstruction in McHenry County.
Many members of the board have been exposed for the hypocrites they are, while Franks’ consistent advocacy on behalf of taxpayers continues.