He is so upset about the possibility of tax increases that would allow Nunda Township to purchase land by raising taxes that he has fought each referendum. His side won the tax votes, but not the one that put in place a plan. Efforts to obtain an advisory referendum on that subject were beaten back by open space advocates at the last Annual Town Meeting.
But, that’s not all that the watchdog does.
He watches the State Board of Elections web site to see if the tax hike proponents’ political action committee files on time.
Walsh has now caught them filing late not once, but twice.
The latest letter from the State Board of Elections follows:
If you enlarge the lower part of the letter, you will see that fines totaling $1,750 are “now due.”
Appeal materials were enclosed with the March 4th letter.
Walsh recently put his efforts in perspective and has told me I may share his thoughts with you. They are below:
As of April 15th, Nunda Neighbors for Open Space has been found in violation of state campaign finance law for the second time in six months per the Illinois State Board of Elections.
You would think they had learned from the first violation last fall, but apparently, they didn’t.
“Question one, who are Nunda Neighbors for Open Space?
“Answer, they are the political action committee that promoted the potential $61,000,000 Open Space tax increase in Nunda Township. They also campaigned for the $15,000,000 to $20,000,000 bond issue in 2004, 2007, and 2009. If fully implemented, the Open Space tax increase would approximately quadruple the Nunda Township portion of our tax bill.
“Question two, why should Nunda Township residents care about the state board ruling?”Answer, because Lori McConville, the treasurer/chair for Nunda Neighbors, is running for the McHenry County Board in District 3.
“The semi-annual campaign filing is not that difficult to fill out. Two violations in six months indicate that Ms. McConville is financially challenged, dismissive of state law, and didn’t learn from her first mistake.
“These are hardly the talents one is looking for in a candidate for county board.”
June 15th the appeal will be considered by the State Board of Elections.