Readers already are aware of two promises that State Rep. Jack Franks did not keep.
McHenry County Blog first revealed his term limit pledge on October 30, 2013, complete with Northwest Herald articles and two personal testimonies from 1998 Jack Franks campaign speeches.
Franks’ flipping on the issue was reviewed in the recent article, “Term Limits: Franks Was For Them Before He Was Against Them Before He Was For Them.”
The second broken promise was that Franks would not run for McHenry County Board Chairman.
How much more evidence of that promise does one need but the June, 2014, Northwest Herald Headline you see below:
Strangely, the Northwest Herald has never mentioned this.
But let’s talk about promises being made this election cycle.
First let’s look at what most people will see.
It’s Jack Franks’ symbol of his campaign:
Cut property taxes NOW 10%
The petition his people passed at the McHenry County Fair is headed,
Petition to the McHenry County Board
Support Jack Franks’ Initiative to Cut McHenry County Property Taxes 10%
There is no ambiguity to either the written or graphic’s message:
Want your real estate taxes cut by 10%, vote for Jack Franks?
That message will be merchandised unmercifully between now and the election.
It is, of course, a promise that Jack Franks cannot possibly accomplish.
While property tax checks are made out to the McHenry County Treasurer (or Collector), only 10% of that money goes to county government itself.
Most goes to school districts, over which the County Board and County Board Chairman have no authority whatsoever.
The second promise Franks is spreading around is that he will cut McHenry County government’s tax levy by 10% on his first day in office.
Surely, Franks knows that the County Board would have to vote for such a proposal and that prior to any vote an item must be on an agenda.
Only if current County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller agreed to put Franks’ proposal on the agenda for the day Franks would be sworn if, should Franks be elected, would such a tax levy vote be allowed.