On the Chicago Tribune’s web site are the following endorsements for McHenry County’s countywide offices:
- County Board Chairman – Jack Franks, Democrat
- Recorder of Deeds – Joe Tirio, Republican
- State’s Attorney – Patrick Kenneally, Republican
The Tribune Editorial Board fell for the nuanced promise of Franks to cut only the “county” tax levy by 10%.
And for the BS that he will make that 10% cut “on my first day in office.”
Of course, what ordinary voters will see is Lying Jack Franks‘ logo, which quite clearly says he will “Cut Property Taxes Now 10%.”
“Property taxes” will be interpreted by its common meaning, that is, one’s tax bill, not the county portion of the tax bill, which is 10%.
If Franks meant otherwise, he would have made his slogan “Cut 1%,” which is what a person’s tax bill would be reduced if Franks were just talking about cutting the county’s tax levy–which is about 10% of one’s total tax bill.
It seems the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board did not bother to ask Jack Franks for his plan to cut the county portion of the property tax bill by 10%.
They would have learned that Jack Franks refuses to release any substantive details of the plan until after the election.
That means a voter cannot draw a logical conclusion as to the viability of the plan, and the particulars of the plan, until after they vote.
And the Chicago Tribune apparently did not bother to FAQ check what Jack Franks told them against the Cut10.org website which states that Jack Franks is campaigning to reduce the property taxes of every property taxing district in the county by 10%.
Here is what the Cut10.org website says:
“I’m running for McHenry County Board Chairman to cut property taxes levy by 10% across the board.
This means a 10% property tax levy reduction from EVERY government body in our County.”
Anyone can say that.
Can Jack deliver if elected.
Or is it just an election gimmick and hot air.
Neither the Chicago Tribune nor the Northwest Herald mentioned the words unfunded mandate.
More specifically, legislative unfunded mandates on state and local government.
Jack Franks has voted for many unfunded mandates over his 18 year career.
But he says he has never voted for a tax hike (his definition of tax hikes does not include unfunded mandates).
Technically, unfunded mandates are cost hikes.
So if you hike costs, and don’t vote to fund the costs with tax hikes, what do you have?
Debt and unfunded liabilities.
In layman’s term, IOU’s.
If you like high pay and benefits for public sector workers and high debt and unfunded liabilities for government, people like Jack Franks will get you there.
Hike the benefits and cost of government but don’t fund the cost hikes with tax hikes.
A recipe for disaster.
Vote for Franks?!?!?
Rather eat my own vomit.