This is Part 3 of Stephen Willson’s biting critique of the McHenry County College Board’s decision-making process that consultants hope will lead to the issuance of $42 million in bonds without a public vote. Interspersed among his comments are the essential slides presented before Board members decided to approve Phase Two at the cost of $50,000. The images are what the Board saw before deciding to move ahead on what is called “a public-private partnership.”
They’re obvious questions that would occur to any business person who was thinking of investing millions of dollar of his or her own money rather than taxpayers’ money, and anyone could gather the evidence to answer the questions in a matter of a few hours with Google and a handful of phone calls.
Second, MCC has an institutional research department! They have the expertise on staff, but chose to pay consultants with obvious conflicts of interest tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars.
MCC plans to fund this project with bonds backed by property taxes, and to issue the bonds by using a loophole to avoid a referendum.
Unless you, as community leaders, act, MCC will succeed.
If you don’t want your taxes to go up, I urge you to read this letter and to act on it.
The facts presented here are independently verifiable, and they do not support MCC’s proposal.
- Training students for jobs that will not exist is a cruel hoax on our youth.
- Trying to pass off a marketing presentation as a feasibility study is a hoax on the people.
- Spending millions of dollars on an unneeded program is a hoax on the taxpayers.
- Purposely seeking a loophole to issue debt without a referendum is a hoax on the voters.
A Call to Action
Decisions about large new government programs should be based on facts. It is my hope that by writing this letter, I will encourage community leaders to consider the facts, to think about the issues, and, above all, to speak up and act.
- I urge MCC to either rebut my facts or kill the project. Silence is a disservice to the public.
- I urge community leaders to call members of the MCC Board and express your opinion.
- I urge community leaders to write letters to the editor to inform the public.
- I urge the Northwest Herald to publish serious investigative articles if it wishes to be taken seriously. “He said, she said” reporting will not do. Hard questions must be asked of the administrators at MCC and articles must present independently developed facts to readers, not just information provided by MCC or conclusionary opinions.
I urge all of you not to remain silent. You are community leaders. I ask you to LEAD.
Unless you act, your taxes will go up.
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The MCC Board will meet tonight. One of the subjects will be this proposed health club.
Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.
Part 3 is here.