That’s what the County Board seems likely to do.
The levy will be cut 10% (after an all-Republican Board raised the levy 4% a year ago), but added will be two employees not in the this year’s budget, costing something in the range of $150,000.
Even though Internal Services, the first committee to consider Joe Gottemoller’s measure to approve the patronage hiring, rejected the proposal that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks desired, the second one gave its approval with a minor change.
The vote was 4-3 in Human Resources with reliable Franks’ supporters John Jung, Don Kopsell and Mary McCann being joined by Tom Wilbeck.
Joining Wilbeck in voting for the resolution were John Jung, Don Kopsell and Mary McCann.
In opposition were Donna Kurtz, Michael Rein and Craig Wilcox.
The only change was to make the two patronage employees report to County Administrator Peter Austin, rather than Jack Franks.
There is no indication that members of the public will be allowed to apply for the newly created positions.
Members of the third committee, Finance and Audit, are regular supporters of what Franks wishes.