His latest foray is telling the members that he is putting three advisory referendums on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.
None has been considered in committee.
Donna Kurtz strongly advocated not bypassing committee.
Franks said he got the ideas on his drive home from Springfield and that the deadline was before another meeting could be held.
Craig Wilcox pointed out that a special meeting could be held.
One advisory referendum would ask voters if they want to cut the County Board in half, from 24 to 12 members, and make each candidate run from single member districts.
This is a typical thrust by a minority party who wants to gain seats it cannot obtain in a multi-member district.
The reason is that minority party members generally cannot marshal enough resources to win in a multi-member district.
Consider that the only Democrat winning a seat in the last election was Paula Yensen, even though candidates were running in every County Board district.
Personally, I see Franks effort to cut the Board side in half as a way to consolidate power.
The fewer members, the easier to obtain a majority.
The second would ask pretty much what State Rep. Allen Skillicorn tried to get on the ballot–an advisory referendum asking voters if they want a property tax levy freeze.
This is hypocritical considering Franks put an $80,000 tax levy hike on the agenda of the last ballot. It passed.
Thirdly, an advisory referendum asking whether voters agreed with Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio’s idea of abolishing his job.
And, if this idea ever gets to committee, might I suggest a question as well:
Should Jack Franks hire patronage employees without following the county ordinan