Look what a Friend of McHenry County Blog shared with me recently:
Lying Jack Franks continues to make the pitch that he will “reduce property taxes in McHenry County 10%.”
The message is a bit milder than previously.
Now it is not an outright promise in the text.
He’s going to make an “efforts.”
But the logo of the campaign–the scissors cutting through a home with the message reading,
Cut Property Taxes NOW 10%
And, the message Franks wants voters to hear is that he will cut real estate taxes by 10%.
I know this is repetitive, but as we get closer to the election, more people come to McHenry County Blog every day.
I ask long-time readers to be patient with my pointing out, once again, that McHenry County’s portion of the total tax levy is only about 10%.
And the new County Board Chairman will not even have a vote on the Board.
(To have a vote, the County Board Chairman would have to also hold a District seat. Indeed, to keep the present County Board Chairman’s ability to vote on issues is the reason that Republican Mike Walkup is running for both the Board Chairmanship and a District 3 seat.)
The new County Board Chairman will have the power of persuasion, but, with a County Board controlled by Republicans it will not be as effective as Republican Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, who is both the “ceremonial” head of the County Board and the County’s Administrator.
Lauzen doesn’t think he has enough power, even though he has more power than Franks would, if Franks wins the election.
“The county code states the chairman shall preside over all meetings and conduct other duties as assigned by the county board,” the Elgin Courier article attributes to Lauzen.
The McHenry County Board gives administrative power to Administrator Peter Austin.