The IAmericans for Prosperity’s Andrew Nelms was in Woodstock Tuesday night for the McHenry County Board meeting.
He came to promote putting one of three referendums which Chairman Jack Franks said he was going to put on the agenda.
When did he tell County Board members?
At the end of the Thursday Committee of the Whole meeting.
Since monthly Committee of the Whole meetings are a Jack Frank’s innovation, let me explain how he explained how they would work.
He said that is the time when Board members would be able to discuss issues coming up in the Tuesday Board meetings.
But, Franks allowed no discussion on his referendum ideas at the CoW meeting, where the just-out-of-office Franks said occurred to him on his last ride home from Springfield.
I understand the importance of symbolism, but I prefer something that does not disappear as one approaches it–something that is not a mirage.
There is a real tax cut that would keep money in people’s pockets when tax bills come out after the April elections.
It was proposed by District 4 County Board member Craig Wilcox, but before he was even on the County Board, at the post-election November meeting, Wilcox made public comment about the excessive surplus in the County’s nursing home fund.
At the same meeting that Franks put an $80,000 property tax hike on the agenda (without reference to committee, because he cancelled them all), Wilcox did his best to amend the tax hike ordinance to abate the Valley Hi levy, which the previous all-Republican County Board approved.
Franks would not allow the amendment, ruling it out of order, saying that its consideration would violate the Open Meetings Act because the public did not receive two days notice.
I’m hoping that the Americans for Prosperity will step beyond symbolism and use its influence with Jack Franks to allow a vote on the Wilcox tax cut proposal.