From the experience of
- 1982 when voters passed a Constitutional Amendment to cut the size of the Illinois House by one-third and
- the election of Joe Tirio as Recorder of Deeds on a platform of doing away with that elective office, it seems obvious to me that any referendum that does away with elected officials will pass.
At the Committee of the Whole meeting McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks blindsided County Board members at the end of the meeting with a proposal to put three referendums on the April 4th ballot.
This was exactly what he complained about when member Craig Wilcox tried to abate the multi-million Valley Hi tax re-imposed on citizens at the last meeting of the outgoing County Board in November.
But at least Wilcox’ proposal got discussion.
Franks’ did not.
One passionate commenter, “Cautious Voter,” wrote the following in reply to “Billy Bob:”
Billy Bob: The referendum would be the result of the ‘advisory’ referendum.
The advisory referendum was put on last year’s ballot in preparation for the takeover of the County by the “little liar”.
Now that the voters have agreed to reducing the size of the Board, the “Little Liar” is taking the next step to actually reduce the Board.
A smaller Board will have three distinct ramifications:
1. As mentioned, the “little liar” can use his campaign funds to get more people who will be subservient to the “little liar” elected.
2. Each Board member will have a staff and an office at the County Building – costs will go UP!
3. The taxpayers will have less representation and County Staff will have more power.
The “little liar” has already reduced taxpayer influence by cutting the number of meetings and the number of committees.
You will be told that his actions will reduce costs but I ask you:
Who gained more power with those actions?
Who lost representation?