A friend of McHenry County Blog chides me and other local medias for not informing pe0ple of the 377 Board tax hike on the April ballot.
Here’s what I have written so far (click on the title):
In that article I tell of how the money was distributed right after the 708 Mental Health Board was created. It was a 50-50 split between Family Services and Pioneer Center. The 708 Board no longer gives 50% of its money to the developmentally disabled. No reason they could not, however.
As in any low-turnout election, supporters of the tax increase try to mobilize their supporters without alerting the general public.
Here’s the email I received:
“You might want to highlight that the 377 Tax Proposal that is going to be on the ballot on April 9, 2013.
“The powers that want it passed are keeping the issue on the down low with no campaign hoping that only their supporters will show up to pass this new tax and that the general public will not even be aware that this possible new property tax increase will be on the ballot.
“They are promising that it will not turn into the 708 Board Mess but what stops it from turning into the exact same type of mess (Nothing).
“Also, it should be noted that many of these social services organizations already have a great deal of tax dollars and that their spending of these dollars is already questionable?
“Fancy executive type cars paid for by the organizations they represent, expense accounts and little if any transparency of how they spend their monies.
“Not to mention six figure salaries and benefit packages for some social service administrators.
“Being a Republican I am not in favor of any new taxes and making property taxes higher to support more government.
“Yet, I am caring and would vote for a tax to help Developmental Disabled, if I though the money would get to them directly, but it will only pay for more highly paid administrators.
“Seems to work the same way as in school districts.
“I hope you will at least alert your readers to the upcoming issue of the 377 tax proposal on the upcoming election ballot and that they need to get out and vote their opinion and not to let a select few make this decision for everyone in McHenry County.“
Below is a fly that has been developed by the 377 Board supporters: