When Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks sent his letter requesting advisory referendums to McHenry County Board Chairwoman Tina Hills, he included suggestions for single-member County Board districts.
First, let’s take a look at the letter, sent in early June, then the maps.
Franks suggests that fewer County Board members would reduce the cost of county government.
That would be true only if the remaining County Board members did not receive higher salaries.
Franks claims his proposal would “greatly reduce the cost of county government” without providing any numbers.
It should be noted that salaries for County Board members is a very, very small part of the county budget.
Franks also points out that levies have increased for local governments, but that the County Board “has held the line on property tax increases.”
What he does not mention is that he has not written letters to local school districts who have increased their tax takes.
Note that Franks also mentions his consolidation of governments commission. The only impact it might have in McHenry County would be having Nunda and Richmond Townships take over their cemetery districts. Read the article here.
Here are the maps for County Board Districts he suggested: