Recently, I noted that the measurements for goals in the 2016 McHenry County Action Plan regarding a new contract with the Feds for putting people in the McHenry County Jail were weak.
They were what I would call “process” goals, rather than “performance goals.”
In sharp contrast to one measurement for jail staffing levels (“Maintain an inmate carrying cost of $95 /day or less” — actually more of a goal than a measurement, but at least people will be able to see whether it costs more than $95 a day).
The contact “measurements” can be seen below:
- Measurement 1: Conclude negotiations by August 2016.
- Measurement 2: Monthly reports and updates to Law & Justice Committee.
Now look at what is said about jury fees, which, thanks to votes by local Democrat Jack Franks, have skyrocketed because of legislation raising payments to jurors:
Originally, the measurement was to be “Quarterly reports and updates to Lake & Justice Committee.”
But, apparently County Board member Andrew Gasser asked what the reports would contain.
He offered an amendment adding, “which includes a comparison of jury fees prior to the unfunded mandate.”
Gasser was asking for something any rational decision-maker would need to formulate policy.
His motion passed 15-8.
Those voting against what Gasser calls a “Transparency Amendment” were
- Sue Draffkorn – District 4
- Tina Hill – District 5
- John Jung – District 5
- Donald “Don” Kopsell – District 3
- Robert “Bob” Martens – District 4
- Anna May Miller – District 1
- Robert “Bob” Nowak – District 1
- Larry Smith – District 6
Draffkorn, Hill and Miller are on the ballot in the Republican Primary Election.
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It is hard to comprehend why anyone would vote against Gasser’s innocuous proposal.