A Friend of McHenry County Blog listened to some of last Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting and wrote the following;
Why Doesn’t Franks Offer to Cut His Salary in Half?
As readers of this blog it is clear that the majority of you care about our county, and state.
It is for you, that your attention is directed to the McHenry County Board website at this link: http://mchenrycountyil.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=5543
This May 14, 2020 audio/video of the county board meeting gives you a clear picture as to how elected officials attempt to do the county’s business.
“Attempt” is the correct word because you will hear a few brave souls make every effort to stand up to the manipulation and bullying coming from the podium.
While there are several issues of importance on the agenda, you are specifically directed to the “2:41 minute” mark in the audio.
At this point, Chairman Jack Franks begins his comments on item 13.2.
The discussion is about a resolution that will have elected officials, county board members specifically, using “time-sheets,” to log the time they spend working on county business.
This is to prove that they qualify for taxpayer funded benefits.
Many of us, those who have a history in elected office, do not support these benefits/perks for part-time elected or public officials.
There are also those who defend the practice and often seek such positions for the salary and benefits.
This is an issue that must be seriously addressed.
Leading up to todays’ Meeting of the Whole, two county board committees had discussed the issue of salaries.
They did not, however, bring forward the resolution shown under 13.2 of the agenda.
The chairman had taken it upon himself to draft and include the document before the board.
At this point in the discussion, the Chairman lights into what is a carefully prepared, political speech suggesting, “the public needs to know” where several, specifically named, county board members stand on the issue.
The members named–Jim Kearns, John Reinert, Jeffrey Thorsen, Joseph Gottemoller, Michael Skala, Yvonne Barnes and Suzanne Ness–are up for election in November. All but Ness are running for the County Board. Ness is running for State Representative.
Responses to his political statements include:
Member Thorsen – “You just introduced politics into the discussion!”
Member Schofield – “I agree… what was discussed in committee were the wages… NOT this!”
Member Gottemoller – “The only time you bring up these things is when you do not agree with something in committee!
Member Lori Parish – “I am appalled that you created a story out of what I said at committee for your own … end-gain.”
What is appropriate is that the Chairman violates every civilized discussion as members are yelled at, cut off, and told they’ve had their chance to address the issue.
The lesson in this exchange is that voters rejected the “Executive” form of elected County Board Chairman.
Three years later, he is still acting as though the County Board members are simply in his way…as demonstrated by his petulant rants.
Hopefully, the Chairman and his “helpers” will be filling out the same “time-sheets” with full details of their activities.
where does he spend the majority of his time;
There are so many questions about the Chairman’s activities:
has he been directed by the Board to do any of the things he is doing
what part of his “duties” are being done by his helpers;
how can his $84,000+ salary and benefits be justified…
among other things.
Two or three times during the Chairman’s political rants, he makes sure everyone knows that “his salary is $20,000 less than any of the other collar county chairmen.”
Frankly, were he to relinquish half his current salary and all benefits, that would be a good-faith, legitimate and serious effort in reducing the cost of county government.
Unmentioned is that Franks has County Administrator Peter Austin to do his heavy lifting, plus two patronage employees, while Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, has no counterpart.
Cutting his salary in half would be a refreshing change from the three long years of continued political pointing at his “smoke-and-mirrors” claims that he has reduced your tax bills by $28,000,000… something taxpayers keep trying to find.