In an email to supporters dated July 20th, Jack Franks writes,
“My top priority is cutting property taxes by 10%…We started an innovative website…which allows voters to send a message directly to County leaders demanding a 10% cut – which I will introduce my first day in office. You can join thousands of McHenry County residents who have sent a message by clicking on [his web site] right now.” [emphasis added]
I must admit this paragraph intrigued me.
Had Franks figured out a way to send a message to McHenry County Board members for those who signed up on his web site?
I wondered what techniques were used to match the people signing up with their four McHenry County Board members.
I wondered how many messages had been sent.
So, I filed a Freedom of Information request with the McHenry County Board, which you can read below:
Under the FOIA I request emails that have been sent to county board members asking for property tax cuts.
I request this information because of the attached invitation from Jack Franks to contact county leaders about cutting taxes.
Just a simple little email.
Easy enough to do.
Anyone could do it.
Here is the reply from the County Board’s Freedom of Information Officer:
In response to your FOIA request below, a search of the County’s email system did not produce any records that would be responsive to this request. [emphasis added]
Please confirm that you have received this response and that the same is satisfactory to close the request.
Apparently, asking Jack Franks to convey a message to county leaders is like asking a bulldog without teeth to attack an intruder.