Don’t know why I have waited so long to share this July 15th rollout of Jack Franks Cut10 campaign.
He wants people to believe he will cut their total tax bill by 10%, if he is elected.
One can deduce no other message from the image he puts on everything.
The slogan first came to my attention in a letter to township officials addressed to their offices.
You’ll see the entire letter below, but I want to focus on its third paragraph:
Here’s what stands out:
It’s “so simple” to cut taxes. Franks says he will do so with his “bully pulpit.” Now some might suggest that Jack Franks has done nothing but use his bully pulpit for the last almost 18 years, but no one would suggest that he has aimed it at any local government’s tax levy before deciding to leave the Illinois General Assembly.
Franks claims in his second paragraph to have led the “charge against tax increases in Springfield,” yet during that time I challenge readers to find an instance where he has fought tax increases in McHenry County.
Indeed, when he had the chance to consolidate the Marengo’s Fire Protection District with its Rescue Squad District, he did nothing but make the Rescue Squad Trustees subject to election.
Now, what does it mean to cut a school district’s levy 10%?
For most school districts, even the one with the most conservative teachers salary contract, it would mean that an existing contract could not be fulfilled.
Teachers’ salaries would have to be cut to cut a school district’s levy 10%.
Then there is this threat to the McHenry County Conservation District and the 708 Mental Health Board:
Franks plans to cut not only what is generally considered the county levy, but also the levies of governments over which the County Board has “Indirect control.” Those are
- the McHenry County Conservation District and
- the 708 McHenry County Mental Health Board.
Board members of both are appointed by the McHenry County Board and their budgets are subject to approval by the County Board.