Crystal Lake small businessman Mike Beuhler filed to run for McHenry County Board Chairman Monday.
He reported a closed road was unable to deter him.
At a Huntley Town Hall Meeting, Beuhler made these remarks:
“Like many of you I also know how to measure other things, like the size and cost of government.
“On one hand what I think about government, cutting back makes sense but on the other hand I scratch my head wondering what our current chairman is doing.
“Sometimes he makes decisions without even consulting department heads or board members.
“A perfect example of this is on the decision on the upcoming budget to cut the budget of the Veterans Assistance Commission by $75,000.
“And if you’re not familiar with the Veterans Assistance Commission they do help our indigent and disabled veterans in the county.
“So that’s, that’s one thing that I think I shouldn’t be.
“And cutting the VAC levy is a bad idea for more than one reason and the obvious reason is that the current chair is hurting some of the most deserving people in our community.
“These are the same people who have fought for our freedom so that we can live in beautiful communities such as Huntley and anywhere else in McHenry County.
“And, their efforts are something that we benefit by every day.
“And these heroes have earned our respect as they deal with aging and service related issues.
“So keep in mind that the VAC has already cut their own levy from $600,000 to $400,000 over the course of the last few years.
“We’ve also reduced their surplus from 24 months to 6 months which is over $1,000,000 in cost savings by the department.
“They’ve done this voluntarily.
“So how do we reward this?
“Just by cutting them even more?
“How many other agencies have reduced spending like this?
“And how many others have seen such drastic cuts, but some would say that this is an ugly act of retribution coming from the chair to punish the commission. For what? For doing good work?
“If this is true this is not how government should be run.
“This is not a kingdom of some man who decides he can do whatever he wants to do.
“So this is not something that I will stand for as board chairman.
“And I think all of us can agree that the need for limited government is very important and the problem that McHenry County is more than a limited government it’s a matter of smart government.
“It’s government for the people, and not for the whims or the benefits of those in office.”