Salaries of current McHenry Township officials are as follows:
- Supervisor – $68,677
- Highway Commissioner – $76,179
- Assessor – $67,677
- Clerk – $13,009
- Trustees – $100 per meeting
Over the four years they are in office each office, but the Trustees, will see a six percent raise, according to Democratic Party Assessor Mary Mahady.
Republican Trustee Bob Anderson proposed the following salary schedule for those elected in 2012:
- Supervisor – $45,000
- Road Commissioner – $45,000
- Assessor – $35,000
- Clerk – $10,000
During the Public Comment period before the guts of the meeting, Mahady made an impassioned pitch that $35,000 was too low to attract a qualified candidate.
She was particularly disturbed that the proposed salary for the Assessor was “22% lower than the other officials.'”
“This clearly shows you have little knowledge of the duties and qualifications,” she said.
“We all deserve to have a qualified person in this position.
“There aren’t a lot of people beating down the door to get that position,” she continued.
Mahady had no opposition in her re-election bid last year.
She predicted that at $35,000 there would be “a part-time Assessor or one who acts like a part-time Assessor.”
Others spoke during Public Comment.
Jammie Brubach reflected on the negative situation Illinois finds itself in.
“We must do what we can do locally.
“We’ve been far too generous [with township salaries].”
Steve Verr, who lost the Supervisor’s race to Craig Adams, reminded people in attendance that the GOP ran a “Tax Revolt” campaign.
He pointed out that the salaries being discussed were for the next term, so there was nothing person in the proposal.
Verr told of the time before 1972 when each Township Supervisor served on the McHenry County Board.
While the County Board members now earn about $22,000 a year, township supervisor’s salaries have soared.
“Township officials are making four and sometimes five times what county board members are paid.
“I ask the Board to vote to cut the salaries drastically.
“Something has to give and it’s going to happen tonight.”
“I totally disagree,” Anthony Buiski (Sp?), the next speaker said.
Referencing the tax bill in his pocket, he said “the township and road district are the lowest on my bill.
“Fifty-six bucks a year.
“The County does a crap job on roads.
“No matter what, somebody’s going to get paid to do the job.
“This guy [Bob Anderson] has a vendetta against this township.”
Darius Draper from Wonder Lake referred to the salary cut as “the first step.”
An employee of the Assessor’s Office, Eric Floden (Sp?) told of Mahady’s goal to visit each of the homes in the township. He related how thirty-six subdivisions have been re-valued in the last six years.
He explained that if a subdivision has a Coefficient of Dispersion [margin of error in human talk], of over 14%, Mahady reassesses it. [Mahady’s most recent margin of error was 19.21%.]
Judith Gottlieb also spoke against the salary `cut.
She said she would save $26 if on “salaries if all gotten rid ot.”
“I don’t think the salaries are out of line.
“I know the Highway Commissioner is a Professional Engineer [and] has saved us money not having to contract out for certain highway assessments.” [Road Commissioner James Condon paid former Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller $480 to develop bid specifications for a new salt dome.]
During the debate on the issue later in the meeting, Adams defended the salary he is now receiving.
“I do have a full-time job.
“I’m here more than forty hours a week.
“It’s not about me [because it will not affect currently serving officials].
He offered salary comparisons which appear below for the Harrison (Wonder Lake) Grade School District and several not-for-profit organizations:
- Harrison School Superintendent – $130,104
- Family Alliance Exec – $88,800
- Adult & Child Therapy Services Exec – $84,871
- Braveheart Therapeutic Riding & Education Center Exed – $88,000
“You have to pay according to the market.
“If [you don’t you’ll]get a part-timer and he’ll come along and ask for an administrator.”
He referred to Algonquin Township as having “a very part-time” Supervisor. “There’s no doubt about that.”
Anderson then made his motion.
Besides the salaries listed above, it included Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund participation and health benefits the same as other full-time employees.
Mahady interjected, “Surprise, surprise.”
After the motion, Adams said there were two choices:
- either the very elite and wealth or
- someone who will take is as a part-time job
Anderson reiterated that Republicans ran on a “Tax Revolt” platform.
“For many years I’ve believed salaries [have been] more than ought to be.”
Mahady spoke again, pointing out that if she had to get another job, “I wouldn’t be here.”
Trustee Bill Cunningham pointed out the Grafton Township Assessor earned $30,000.
Mahady said the Assessor’s salary was cut to $30,000 because the Township Board did not like the Assessor.
“[But] they didn’t have anyone else to run [and the incumbent]won on a write-in.”
“You’re running for State Senate and you’re going to do both of those jobs,” Anderson pointed out.
“I’m glad you’re so confident I’m going to win,” Mahady retorted.
Attempting to delay the vote, Adams said, “I think this needs more study. We don’t have to do this for three years.
Trustee Mike Rakestraw talked about how some property values had plunged 60%, but township salaries had not decreased.
“You said you would go down to Springfield and still hold this job, Mary.”
The Assessor said she was trying “to fix that [the devalued property problem].
“It’s not [that one can] push a button.
She then pointed out that of the twelve candidates for Township Trustee, the Republicans did not receive a majority of the votes cast.
“It’s not a mandate.
“State Senate and State Representative are part-time positions.
Someone on the Board said, “$67,000 for a part-time position.”
“Your decision cannot be made on what I’m going to be doing.”
Rakestraw said he thought the Assessor should be paid $45,000, the same as the Supervisor and the Road Commissioner.
Anderson accepted his suggestion and the motion passed 4-1 with Supervisor Adams voting against the proposal.