An article reprinted from Illinois News Network drew this comment from Algonquin Mayor John Schmitt:
It is unfortunate that some research was not done before publishing this blog.
The Mayors and Village Presidents of the McHenry County Council of Governments does indeed support a fully funded capital bill that has a regular source of revenue.
Our roads, bridges, and mass transit are in disrepair and new projects to satisfy commuters and new commerce are not built.
While that is all true, the Caucus spoke without doing their due diligence by confirming support for a gas tax increase.
I have spoken to many of the community leaders of the county and found that we all know that while a source of regular funding for capital is necessary, supporting a $.25-40 gas tax has yet to be debated to determine the best and least impacting revenue source.
Therefore, the big STORY of the blog is false.
Take every name of every mayor from McHenry County off this story as none have yet agreed to support or endorse any specific source of revenue for a capital bill.
The article from the Illinois News Network listed the following McHenry County leaders, which I put in boldface type:
- Mayor Robert J. Nunamaker, Village of Fox River Grove
- President Richard Mack, Village of Ringwood
- Mayor Brian Sager, City of Woodstock
- Mayor John Schmitt, Village of Algonquin
- Mayor Aaron T. Shepley, Village of Crystal Lake