From McHenry County Board candidate Ersel Schuster:
Auditor’s Position in McHenry County Board Chairman’s Crosshairs
Is it my imagination; or, have you also noticed the number of irresponsible, inappropriate actions of our county board since the first chairman was elected at large?
One year into this new level of county government, on issue after issue, it does not look like we are off to very good start.
Of considerable interest is that the same person, instrumental in adding this new layer of government, and shouting from the rafters that he was not interested in the position, has succeeded in being elected to that very position.
From the first day of that elected term, McHenry County Government has been in a power grab, the likes of which we’ve not seen before.
The chairman, enabled by enough “cowed and/or threatened” county board members, allow this power struggle to play out as we slip deeper into Madigan style governance.
After several highly questionable actions already undertaken by your county board, we would be wise to step back and take a long hard look at those actions to understand what is happening.
Currently in the chairman’s crosshairs is the elimination of the county auditor’s position.
Once again, there are no facts to support the proposal; just as there has been no factual documentation justifying the elimination other governments.
The only benefit is that politicians can grab headlines and the media can sell newspapers.
The County Auditor is an elected position, answerable to the taxpayers.
When a similar position is filled by appointment of the chairman/county board, we lose that privilege.
Those with nefarious intentions will get away with just about anything without thi
s independent oversight.
As a stand-alone position, the auditor’s office provides an independent, financial check and balance for county government.
Simply put, with a budget of $225,000,000 (+/-), there is tremendous opportunity for inappropriate spending.
Contract fulfillment, whether on a large or small scale, is rife for trouble without the independence of the auditor’s review.
Over-and-over again, inappropriate payments have been called out for non-payment by this office.
There are two benefits of eliminating the auditor’s position:
1). The chairman, together with county board, will fill a similar position(s) with obedient servants
2). The door is opened for “nasty things” to slip through the cracks.
If the county places a question on the ballot (a referendum), asking if we want to abolish the auditor’s position, we need to ask ourselves; do we want to perpetuate a “cozy” relationship between those spending our taxes and oversight; or, do we want an independent watch-dog between the spenders and our tax dollars?
Of all the elected positions in county government, the auditor is the one best representing taxpayers and best suited for keeping the bureaucrats honest.