The refrain “Angels we have heard on high” went through my head as I looked at the list of referendums that have been requested by tax district officials in McHenry County as of December 28th.
Those people we have elected to rule the governments that take so much of our money are giving us a reason to go to the polls.
True, most of the referendums are to allow municipalities and McHenry County government to go shopping for electricity.
With the electric rate hikes that our legislators have approved and Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law, there is little doubt in my mind that all so-called “electricity aggregation” proposals will pass. (See how your legislators voted here and here.)
Maybe all the communities will hook up with Wisconsin power. I remember that Don Etes and his partner built a factory on Stateline Road just so his plant could get electricity from Wisconsin. They just strung the lines across the road.
Here are the places where electricity aggregation referendums will be held on March 20th:
- McHenry County
- Barrington Hills
- Crystal Lake
- Lake in the Hills
- NcCullom Lake
- Prairie Grove
- Spring Grove
- Wonder Lake
In addition, Fox River Grove has a measure on the ballot that will allow it to impose an addition one-quarter of one percent sales tax. I believe the local tax rate is now 1%, so a 25% increase is being requested.
Dunham Township will present a proposition to issue bonds in the amount of $1,000,000 for road purposes.
There are no school referendums.
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A commenter points out that people can vote for the referendums without declaring their party. That’s a good observation, but since all by the Dunham and Fox River Grove referendums will most probably pass in a breeze, voting non-partisan eliminates the opportunity to help narrow down the field for County Board and President on the Republican side of the ticket.
Hardly worth the effort to go to the polls if one is a Democrat or an Independent just to vote on the electric aggregation question.