Tuesday, McHenry County Blog published the survey on which the County is requesting input that will be used in preparing the 2030 Plan.
Reader Steve Willson took exception.
You can read what he said below:
What an incredibly vapid document.
“Wouldn’t you like everything to be wonderful, Little Tommy, with pretty houses on big lots and lots of jobs?”
Who would say no to any of these platitudinous questions?
The key questions are
- how much of this is the business of the County to seek to legislate? and
- how EXACTLY will they try to accomplish these goals?
Without asking what government SHOULD be doing AND THEN comparing costs and benefits, documents such as this simply become excuses for any huge pie-in-the-sky project anyone wants to push?
“The people said they like open space. That means we should buy more land!”
“The people said they don’t like traffic congestion. That means we should build more/bigger roads.”
How about adding the following questions:
“The County should raise/keep the same/cut property taxes”.
“Please rank order the following goals for the County:”
- Cutting taxes.
- Buying more property for open space.
- Building more roads.
If they asked questions like that, I’ll bet they’d get entirely different feedback from the community.