Message of the Day – Irony

Let’s start with the Norhtwest Herald’s praise of the McHenry County Board for passing a non-binding resolution saying the tax levy for next year’s taxes will be cut 10%.

From last Saturday’s Northwest Herald Editorial Page.

Now consider that 14 Republicans voted to raise the county’s share of our tax bill due in June by 4%.

Lest anyone not be able to find the stories I have previously written giving full credit to those who voted to raise our taxes, you can find their names below.

Those voting for taxes to be 4% higher next spring than this year follow:

  • Michele Aavang
  • Chris Christensen
  • Sue Draffkorn
  • Joe Gottemoller
  • Jim Heisler
  • Tina Hill
  • John Jung
  • Don Kopsell
  • Donna Kurtz
  • Bob Martens
  • Mary McCann
  • Robert Nowak
  • Michael Rein
  • Carolyn Schofield
  • Mike Skala
  • Larry Smith
  • Mike Walkup

The members whose names appear in boldface type are concluding their terms of office.  In addition is Anna May Miller, who did not attend the meeting.

The six supporting the levy reduction were

  • Yvonne Barnes
  • Diane Evertsen
  • Andrew Gasser
  • John Hammerand
  • Jeff Thorsen
  • Chuck Wheeler



Message of the Day – Irony — 13 Comments

  1. The clock is running on the 14.

    Some will survive the Primaries, some will not.

    Stay informed.

  2. There is a touch of irony in the way you present this post.
    So so so negative instead of cheering them on to reducing our property taxes.
    Some postive input instead of being the Donna in the road would work.

  3. It’s not negativity The Nob, it’s the truth!

    Michele Aavang
    Chris Christensen
    Joe Gottemoller
    Jim Heisler
    John Jung
    Don Kopsell
    Donna Kurtz
    Mary McCann
    Robert Nowak
    Michael Rein
    Mike Skala
    Larry Smith
    Mike Walkup

    all had their chance to PERMANENTLY cut the tax levy and they crumbled pressure.

    “It doesn’t take courage to say you’re going to cut taxes, it taxes courage to actually do so.”

  4. Highlighting the negative of the past is negative no matter how you want to waltz it.
    Positive info and constuctive help reaching a goal is positive, no waltz needed.

  5. The fourteen named did not reduce our property tax bill for this year.

    You will discover that when you receive yours.

  6. I wonder how the “educated” ‘Nob’ missed all of the following quotes?

    “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

    “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it”

    “Those unable to catalog the past are doomed to repeat it.”

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    “He who doesn’t understand history is doomed to repeat it.”

    “It’s been my experience, Langford, that the past always has a way of returning. Those who don’t learn, or can’t remember it, are doomed to repeat it.”

    “Those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it. You have to expose who you are so that you can determine what you need to become.”

    “Learn from history or you’re doomed to repeat it.”

    “He who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it.”

  7. What is being posted here is repeating history friend.
    Same old same old will not change a thing, as you just have shown in your post.
    Throwing rocks has never been the answer, and never will be.
    Repetative possitive suggestings and helpful info goes allot farther in getting things done.
    Example suggestion: McDOT, all the Muncipalities, and Township bosses and road crews get together and realien maintanence of all the roads in the county.
    The goal to reduce maintanence costs by lowering travel time, equipment use, and manhours/work force.

  8. Now, township maintenance workers are not in a union.

    If one entity is in charge of maintaining all roads in the county; all such workers would be in a union.

    The Illinois collective bargaining law for such workers (Illinois Public Labor Relations Act) is pro union (the law passed under Jim Thompson).

    So any savings in travel time, equipment use, reduced number of employees should be compared to hiked labor pay & benefit costs of union workers.

    And, the resulting bargaining unit would be bigger and thus more powerful than any existing road maintenance bargaining units in the county.

    Jack Franks political action committees (PACs) have received over $1 million in contributions from labor unions.

  9. All talk and no action for the purposes of reelection, plain and simple.

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