Woodstock Reader Joyce Kunath weighs in with her thoughts on the McHenry County Board’s Randall Road improvement project:
I recently learned that our McHenry County Board has already approved $15 million for just the engineering and public education for the Randall Road Phase II Engineering project.
But the proposed spending for this 3-1/2 miles from Ackmann to County Line Road is over $125 million!REALLY?
Where is all that money going to come from?
Most of you homeowners have already gotten your tax bill and are probably not very happy about the increase.
Though the property tax increase and largest draw from our pocketbooks are mostly due
- to the increase to fund our stellar (not!) public school systems – don’t forget to add in the separate line item on your tax bill
- to fund the McHenry County College and the raises the administrators have given themselves –
spending this exorbitant amount of money for this stretch of Randall Road is just another blatant slap in our faces and is enough for all of us to feel road rage.
Yeah, the road gets congested during rush hour, but it does not have the huge potholes in it like so many other roads in McHenry County.
In addition, it is not nearly as congested as Route 47 in Woodstock or 31 in Crystal Lake.
Randall Road Phase II construction will cause huge headaches for all who drive this stretch and will hurt the revenue for the stores that abut it.
So what can we do about it?
Read the CAPA (Citizen Advocates for Public Accountability) position on the Randall Road Phase II Project.
It is easy to read and puts the tax dollars proposed to be spent in perspective.
Then call your County Board Representative and let them know how you feel.
We can make a difference if we just speak up with our voices and our votes.
This is not a project we the tax payers need at this time!