Next Wednesday, the McHenry County Board’s Transportation Committee has before it a request to authorize another $10 million for “the acquisition of right-of-way for the Randall Road widening and resurfacing capacity improvement project.”
$5 million was previously appropriated in February of 2014.
“The acquisition of land is being funded through County funds at 100% in order to expedite the land acquisition process,” the explanation being put before the committee explains.
$5,750,000 will come from the RTA Sales Tax Fund (funded by a tax imposed by the Illinois General Assembly with no political cost of County Board members which could replace property taxes spent on law enforcement) and $4,250,000 from the Marching Fund, supported by property taxes.
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The widening of Randall Road beyond its intersection with Algonquin Road was an issue in the recent Republican Primary Election. Chairwoman of the County Board Transportation Committee, Anna May Miller lost her race for re-nomination.