Two advisory referendums that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks announced he wanted on the ballot in April were voted down by a vote of 17-7.
They would ask about
- prohibiting increases in tax levies without a vote of its constituents
- cutting the size of the County Board from 24 to 12 members to be elected from single member districts
A third referendum asking whether voters want to eliminate the elected office of Recorder of Deeds.
Franks withdrew the Recorder of Deeds proposal before the agenda was distributed and asked that the referendum to cut the size of the County Board be removed at the beginning of the Tuesday meeting.
None of the referendums had been considered in a committee.
Both Franks and Board Republicans accused the other of playing politics.
Tax limit referendums, also advisory, passed with over 90% of the vote in Lakewood, Cary and Fox River Grove.