Taxpayers protested in front of the McHenry County Treasurer’s Office Wednesday morning. Dan Aylward is speaking here.
Having served as McHenry County Treasurer as a child (1966-70), it bothers me a bit that taxpayers are not protesting at school board meetings or signing up to run for school board, where most tax dollars end up once they pass through the Treasurer’s Office.
In this picture of the demonstration, one can see Bob Anderson and Joe Tirio holding the “Tax Revolution” sign. Mike Walkup is holding a pie chart showing what proportion of the tax dollar goes to each type of tax district.
It’s like voters thinking that Democrat Jack Franks is actually going to cut their property tax bill by 10% when he has no influence over any part of the bill, except the county portion, about 10% of the total.
In this picture, you can see people signing a petition, which is shown below.
The Tax Revolution Petition. The image on top seems to be what is on the tee shirts.
But the symbolism of a demonstration before the tax collector’s office is undeniable.
And some of the candidates aligning themselves with the goals of the demonstration posed for a photo.
From left to right are GOP candidate for State Rep. Steve Reick, Wonder Lake School Board member Bob Anderson, District 4 GOP County Board candidate Craig Wilcox, GOP Recorder of Deeds candidate Joe Tirio and District 1 GOP County Board candidate Tom Wilbeck.