The woman I talked to did not know.
I figured it couldn’t be about board elections, since they were this past spring.
That left referendums.
That means tax hikes.
Thursday, a Northwest Herald article by Brett Rowland verified my premonition.
It is too bad that the MCC Board was unwilling to be more forthright.
The reaction shown in the comments below the article show that the College has a real image problem.
Certainly, the history of opaqueness will be an issue in any tax hike effort.
This is a board that won’t even tape record its meetings so someone could hear what went on, if he or she could or did not attend a meeting.
Let alone live stream the meetings.
The content of comments made by members of the public is not reported in the minutes.
“Transparency” is not part of this government’s philosophy.
This is a board that hid the baseball stadium details that would have put taxpayers on the hook for over $20 million in bonds…plus interest.
This is a board that kept us in the dark while conspiring to allow the tallest broadcast aerial in the State of Illinois.
And new President Vicky Smith made it quite clear that her selection had more than a little to do with raising taxes.
Two summers ago there was a series of “community” meetings put together by the same tax hike consultant that ran the success tax hike campaigns in Woodstock Unit District 200 and Carpentersville District 300.
Read about those meetings and other aspects of MCC’s tax hike preparation efforts in the links below:
- McHenry County’s Power Elite and Meteors
- McHenry County’s Power Elite as Seen by McHenry County College
- MCC’s View of the Power Elite, as Laid Out in it Communications Plan
What Does It Take to Have Democracy?
- McHenry County College Power Elite Nominees
- MCC Power Elite Add-Ons
- McHenry County College Inviting Public
- McHenry County College MAP “Engages” 60 Community Members
- 2010 Referendum Predicted For MCC, District 300 & District 200 Tax Hike Firm to be Hired by McHenry County College
- MCC MAP Meeting Light on Community Participation
- McHenry County College Citizen Engagement Process Attracts 31
- Northwest Herald Reporter Discerns Real Reason for McHenry County College’s $137,750 Hiring of Tax Hike Firm
- MCC MAP Meeting – Part 2 – Building Up Balances
- MCC MAP Meeting – Part 3 – Enrollment Increase & Who Pays What
- Northwest Herald Reveals More Than Ever Before about School St. Louis Tax Hike Firm Unicom-ARC
- MCC MAP Citizen Engagement Process Ends with Maybe 14 Non-Employee Citizens at Last Session
My timing was off on the date of the referendum. The rest should prove instructive to those interested in how a tax district goes about raising taxes.