The roll call was 11-9 with four McHenry County Board members absent when the vote was taken on whether voters should be allowed to determine they should be allowed to elect the County Board Chairman starting with the 2014 election.
You can see the roll call below:
The nine voting in favor were
- Joe Gottemoller
- Michele Aavang
- Yvonne Barnes
- John Jung
- Donna Kurtz
- Nick Provenzano
- Sandy Salgado
- Mike Skala
- Mike Walkup
The eleven opposed were
- Nick Chirikos
- Sue Draffkorn
- Diane Evertsen
- Jim Heisler
- Tina Hill
- Ken Koehler
- Robert Martens
- Anna May Miller
- Robert Nowak
- Carolyn Schofield
- Ersel Schuster
Right before the old Board was replaced by the folks whose names are seen above, it voted 20-3 to put a “377” tax hike referendum on the ballot in April.
You can read the article and why I am going to vote against the referendum here.
Not only did the Board vote to put the referendum on the ballot, but the resolution seems to endorse it. Read the specific paragraph I reference below:
“Need for Tax: It is necessary and in the best interests of McHenry County, in order to provide sufficient funds for the provision of facilities and/or services for the developmentally disabled, that the County levy and collect a tax not to exceed .1% of the value as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue of all taxable property in the County for said purpose.”
As Northwest Herald reporter Kevin Craver wrote on his blog, Opening Doors,
“• LACK OF FOCUS: More than one Management Services Committee member on Monday suggested that community outreach, focus groups and the like were needed to gauge the community’s mood on whether to make the chairmanship popularly elected.
“The idea might rear its head again Friday.
“But speaking of that ‘377 Board’ referendum we’ll be facing in April, I don’t remember any County Board member suggesting that they first go out into the community to gauge support for a new taxing body and a new property tax to finance it.
“The nobility of the agencies’ cause aside, would any focus group or meeting of regular voters have come back in this state’s economic climate asking the County Board for a tax increase referendum?”
In any event, some might be interested in comparing who voted to put a tax hike on the ballot at the lowest turnout day in the election cycle with who voted not to allow citizens decide whether their County Board Chairman should be elected by those who cast ballots.
Comparison time for the roll calls, anyone?