There was a tie vote at the last meeting of the McHenry County Board.
It was whether to “buy now, get approval later, ask forgiveness” vote, to put it in the words of Huntley Board member Jim Kearns.
Should the County Board give ex post facto approval of what appears to have been an illegally purchased Chevy Silverado Pickup Truck or not.
The vote was 11-11.
Tie votes fail, as Franks pointed out.
If such votes come up in the future, legislation signed by Governor Bruce Rauner today will give Franks the ability to cast the deciding vote.
The bill had two sponsors:
- Rep. Mike Tryon
- Senator Karen McConnaughay
The issue is still alive, because the County Board, after a 14-8 vote to reconsider the motion, tabled the issue until the February 21st meeting.
Which way would Jack Franks vote if another tie occurred?
And speaking of the Silverado Pickup purchase, I asked County Auditor Pam Palmer under what authority she paid for this truck, whose purchase was not approved by the County Board.
I have attached the documentation that was presented for the payment which includes: a description of the vehicle and the initialed approval; a copy of Purchase Order DP204400 created for purchase of the vehicle; and the Retail Order and Invoice from Liberty Auto Plaza.
You can see what she sent below:
Next comes the documents with the Liberty Auto Plaza car dealership.
I replied to Palmer:
I don’t see any signatures on the purchase orders.
Isn’t that a requirement prior to payment?
I am in a meeting yet, but am attaching the signed PO from the Purchasing Department files. When processing payments in the Auditor’s Office, we work on-line with our financial system that ties the approved PO to the creation of the voucher for payment.
The paperwork presented that I sent you earlier had the copy to reference that a PO had been created and approved in the system.
The signed copy is sent to the vendor and a signed copy is retained by the Purchasing Department.
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The bill in question also had a second segment that will prevent people from running for both a district seat and the County Board Chairmanship, as Mike Walkup did.