Jack Franks has sent the following email to members of the Algonquin Township Board:
I am writing this letter to urge the Township Board to put a binding referendum on the November ballot to abolish the Algonquin Township Highway Department. As you know, a new law took effect Jan. 1 that allows voters to abolish their township highway department by referendum. The McHenry Township Board voted in February to put a dissolution referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. I am imploring the Algonquin Township Board to do the same.
I share the alarm and shock of our constituents over legal fees that have escalated out of control. The legal tab as of your April 11 meeting stood at $478,892, and that sum surely has increased since then. The Highway Department had $17,164 budgeted in legal fees for 2018 – Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser is now asking for $250,000 for next fiscal year. It seems he is perfectly content in bankrupting the township and depleting all reserves.
At the April 11 meeting, a resident of 40 years attended his first township meeting to express frustration over the squandering of his tax dollars; he described the situation as a “nightmare.” I can’t think of a better word. Besides legal bills, there is the real possibility that the taxpayers also will be on the hook to pay the legal fees of the employees that were fired, should they prevail in their lawsuits to win their jobs back.
Our taxpayers are getting fleeced. This frivolous waste of taxpayer funds is not the only justification for asking voters whether the highway department should continue to exist. Besides the hiring of a deputy highway commissioner with a set of skills that are questionable at best, trustees recently voted to relocate the Highway Commissioner to another building to keep the peace because of the tensions between him and the township clerk.
The County Board and I worked hard to reduce our levy by 11.2 percent for this property tax year. The fact that the ongoing circus in Algonquin Township could very well negate whatever tax relief we secured for township residents is infuriating and an unconscionable affront to our taxpayers.
Algonquin Township residents already suffer one of the heaviest property tax burdens in the nation. People are being taxed out of their homes. The fact that their hard-earned tax money is being squandered like this is an embarrassment.
I urge you to give our frustrated taxpayers a voice to decide if the office of highway commissioner should continue to exist in its present form. The voters deserve to be heard and listened to.
Should you have any questions, concerns or wish to discuss this matter, please give me a call.
I remain very truly yours,
Jack D. Franks
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If passed, such a referendum would not take effect until after the end of the current Road Comissioner’s term in 2021
The letter wants readers to believe that Andrew Gasser has increase taxes since taking office.
As on can see from the following article, nothing could be father from the truth:
Reducing Levy 5%, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser Urges Other Tax Districts to Reduce Theirs 1%
And unlike, the County Board’s tax cut, the Algonquin Township Road District tax cut is permanent.
It cannot be reinstated, as can the County Board’s cut.