It was a dark and stormy night for State Rep. Jack Franks’ first Town Hall Meeting.
A hundred or so folks showed up, a number long-time supporters.
Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley, who has served as Republican Party Vice Chairman for Outreach, laid hands on the Democrat in his introduction.
Backed by his campaign slogan “Cut 10,” Franks stood on the South High School Auditorium stage.
“I will not rest or retreat until we bring down the taxes in McHenry County,” Franks pledged.
Talking of county government, he said, “We will reduce the tax levy by 10%.”
But, wait a minute.
The sign on the wall doesn’t say Franks will stop at cutting county real estate taxes by 10%.
The sticker being given out before the meeting and pasted on water bottles given to people have they were leaving doesn’t say only county government’s tax bill will be cut 10%.
It says, “Cut Property Taxes Now 10%.”
In fact, the message is all in capital letters:
“CUT PROPERTY TAXES NOW 10%.”
As the Crystal Lake Park District’s annual report points out, McHenry County government’s taxes only comprise 9% of one’s tax bill.
What voters see and hear when Jack Franks makes his tax cut pitch is that their total property tax bill will decrease by 10%.
Anyone knowing anything about the power of county government knows electing Jack Franks will not result in one’s real estate tax bill being reduced 10%.
Maybe 10% of the 9% share now going to county government or 9/10 of 1%, but in no way 10% of one’s whole tax bill.
If Jack Franks’ campaign were for a consumer product, it would be considered consumer fraud.
It’s a bait and switch scheme.