This came from District 6 McHenry County Board candidate Ersel Schuster.
As I commented in an earlier article,
“None of those pontificating on the subject of Valley Hi, myself included, have all of the current and intricate information necessary to make factual statements regarding the county’s Nursing home operation.”
In 2014, as the county board wrestled with the growing Valley Hi cash reserves, several issues were on the table.
At issue is that if the current levy was eliminated, a new referenda would be needed to regain the ability to collect funds to operate the facility.
The county board was to seek legislation addressing the issue.
I’ve not seen where the county board followed through.
Recently we heard that the current cash reserves should be eliminated by “using” them for “other” projects or programs where there is a need.
To use these funds in ways other than what the taxpayers agreed to would be a greater travesty than holding the excess reserves.
I totally reject that concept.
To those who suggest the money should be returned to the taxpayers, I say, we have another great travesty in the works.
There are no winners in distributing the reserves as the majority of those funds would be consumed by the “committees and lawyers” assigned to figure out who gets what.
This would take years to accomplish.
Once again, the board has puts themselves, and the taxpayers, between a rock-and-a-hard-place.
As an aside, it has also been suggested that “another referenda” be established to decide whether to
- keep Valley Hi
- spend 5 years to closing it down through attrition or
- sell it
Note… I am strongly against running referenda after referenda on the same subject simply because public officials do not want to make hard decisions; do not want to be accountable for those decisions; or are pushing a personal agenda…. In any case is wrong!
While I do not approve of the situation the board has allowed itself to be in, it is my opinion the levy should be eliminated.
The excess funds can be secured for their intended use by placing them into interest bearing instruments.
The principle plus interest earned (even at today’s low interest rates), would ensure the nursing home to be financially safe and secure for decades.
This honors the voters/taxpayers who told the county board they want the facility to continue to operate and to maintain the facility to care for those less fortunate.