As readers know, there was a split decision on who would run McHenry Township.
Craig Adams, rhe Supervisor, was elected to the position he held by appointment running as an Independent.
His running mates for Township Trustee, however, lost.
Four Republicans, led by Wonder Lake’s township abolition/consolidation advocate Bob Anderson won.
One of their campaign pledges was to get rid of the $100 a meeting payment the old Board had approved.
As readers of yesterday’s critique of the Northwest Herald article on the Algonquin Township meeting know, no less of an authority than the Illinois State Constitution prohibits raising or lowering an elected official’s salary during the term of office he or she is serving.
Thursday, night, on a motion by Anderson, seconded by Bill Cunningham, the GOP officials delivered on their campaign promise.
Joining the two were Stan Wojewski and Mike Rakestraw.
Supervisor Adams voted against ending pay for the Trustee positions.
So, the salaries of the Trustees elected over three years from now will be zero.
Prior to the vote Highway Commissioner James Condon, a Trustee before being appointed to head the Road District, pointed out that while he was on the Board there were several vacancies.
“If you remove this little stipend, it may make it more difficult to fill seats over time.”
Adams wondered why the Trustees were acting so far ahead of the next election (2021).
“I think we set the course for the rest of the state,” Anderson replied.
“I don’t see why Trustees need to be paid in the first place.”
Mike Rakestraw argued,
“If school boards were being paid, we know for a fact that the cost of education would increase.
“People are saying we’re trying to tear down the house.
“What we’re trying to do is keep people from having their houses torn down.”
Calculations show that if the average per diem were $100, as it is in McHenry Township, taxpayers would save $400-500,000.