A press release from Dan Wilbrandt, one of four candidates to replace State Rep. Mike Tryon:
TAXPAYERS OF McHENRY COUNTY SILENCED BY CONSOLIDATION VOTE
West Dundee – Last week, the McHenry County Board had an opportunity to give a voice to the people: the taxpayers of McHenry County.
Those taxpayers have voices that come from both small and large townships.
They may favor township consolidation or they may not.
All we know now is that their voices will not be heard on the issue.
Carolyn Schofield made sure of that.
Board member Carolyn Schofield was appointed Chairwoman of the Consolidation Task Force, a group charged with developing a resolution for the Board and a consolidation map.
The meetings she facilitated were unorganized, unprofessional, and unproductive.
Chairwoman Schofield showed that she could not control the room.
With her recent comments during the consolidation vote, she made it very clear that she was unwilling to listen to others’ opinions, criticisms, or phone calls from the taxpayers of McHenry County.
This vote was not about the merits of consolidation.
That was an issue that the taxpayers should have been allowed to fully evaluate before a 2016 vote.
Last week’s vote became about Carolyn Schofield imposing her opinion and decision on the taxpayers, arguing against consolidation and against a county-wide vote.
This was best exemplified by Carolyn Schofield’s comment that she was the most informed on the consolidation issue.
She missed the whole point.
Two polls were recently conducted in the weeks leading up to the board vote on township consolidation.
An overwhelming majority (approximately 80 percent) in both polls favored allowing consolidation to move forward with a vote by the people of McHenry County.
This should have served as a good indication that the taxpayers, at the very least, wanted to see the measure on the ballot in 2016.
Unfortunately, the voices of the taxpayers of McHenry County were silenced last week.
Carolyn Schofield voted against allowing township consolidation to appear on the ballot, showing that she is out of touch with the residents of McHenry County.