Letter: Frustrating County Board

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

On Jan. 11, I attended the Algonquin Township Board meeting, an efficient meeting evidencing good fiscal management. Robert Miller, Algonquin Township highway commissioner, makes Algonquin Township a model. I hope to vote for him Feb. 28.

I attended the December McHenry County Board meeting and heard the Jan. 17 meeting online. You should too. I was frustrated by:

1) Meeting length, at four hours-plus. Board members, address items in prior committee meetings. I see from Chairman Jack Franks’ statement at 3:07:15, at least one issue was addressed. Why let political partisanship block productivity?

2) Discussion of a more efficient and transparent voting process, complying with the ADA (American with Disabilities Act). Board members debated process and training, a process that began two years ago, including ample training opportunities. See minute 19:30 in the video. Board members, stop partisan bickering and institute electronic voting.

3) The vote on freezing property taxes. I was delighted this item was on the agenda. Since Franks fights to reduce taxes, it is a natural area of cooperation with a Republican super-majority. Board members ran on this issue and inexplicably postponed it. Please represent McHenry County citizen interests. Vote to freeze and reduce our tax burden

I encourage fellow citizens to attend local meetings or listen online. Get familiar with issues, get to know representatives and get to know their votes on issues that concern you.

Leslie A. Cook