The following letter to the Northwest Herald is reprinted with permission of its author:
To the editor:
Regarding the proposal in McHenry Township to eliminate the road district taxing body and having it taken over by the township board, why is there so much discussion about a cost benefit study when saving costs isn’t the reason for the proposal?
The issue is the need for oversight and supervision.
A system that permits a $100,000.00 per year public employee to operate with no supervisor or board to answer to is simply ripe for abuse and exploitation.
It is that system that allowed all of the nepotism and abuse that we’ve been hearing about to happen.
It’s not very complicated Intentional confusion is being generated.
It has nothing to do with costs or the county or who is going to plow our roads. It is all internal McHenry Township.
It has to do with who it is that the township road district employees work for.
Do they work for a single individual with no oversight or do they work for the director of township roads who is engaged by the McHenry Township Supervisor and Board of Trustees.
The same drivers will drive the same trucks out of the same garages and plow the same roads that they do presently but their ultimate boss will be a group of elected officials rather than a single individual with no oversight.
Whoever the board hires to run the operation will now have a board of elected officials standing over their shoulder.
That is probably why the present Highway Commissioner is slamming the proposal so strongly.
Who in their right mind if they had that job would want that gig to end?
Highway Commissioners can come and go at will with no one to report to or explain their absence to if they’re not there.
They can hold another full time job or run their own business without any approval needed.
We have the opportunity in McHenry Township in November to vote to clean up this poorly designed taxing body that is so ripe for abuse.
Vote yes to consolidate in McHenry Township.
Dave Bussell, McHenry