Republican County Board Audience Member Disappointed in GOP’s Action

From a comment yesterday written by Martha Thompson of Crystal Lake under the article, “Republicans Hike County Tax 4%.”


Diane Evetsen is retiring this year.

I am really disappointed in my Republican Party.

I am disappointed in all of you who voted to increase my property taxes.

Sitting in the audience watching all of you vote on this was like watching a car crash in slow motion.

The professionalism by some board members is insulting to me as a taxpayer.

I am paying your salaries for you to act in this manner?

None of you deserve a pension or healthcare when you cannot even represent the people with class and dignity.

I am also disappointed in Andrew Gasser.

When the levy discussion came up he never spoke, why?

Instead, after voting he simply walked out of the room.

I am thankful you voted the right way.

I just wish you were a little more vocal.

Thank you to all of you who tried and stop this.

I am glad Jack Franks will be the chairman and I hope he can work with all of you who want to give us property tax relief.

It is clear to many of us that the last two years of leadership on this board has proven to be a disorganized, dysfunctional, group of grade school kids who think they are on the playground.

Martha Thompsen
Crystal Lake


Republican County Board Audience Member Disappointed in GOP’s Action — 2 Comments

  1. Oh Dear, does this lady know anything about Jack Franks!??

    He’s certainly isn’t going to ‘work with county board members’ and he CERTAINLY ISN’T GOING TO LOWER TAXES!

    I wish she would’ve been more specific about her comment regarding ‘behavior’.

    No need to be disappointed in Andrew Gasser.

    He’s plenty Vocal!!!

    He can’t win it seems.

    When he’s vocal-they accuse him of grandstanding.

    When he holds back (if in fact he did) people are disappointed that he didn’t give a speech convincing others to vote in line with his way of thinking!

    He voted the right way-that’s his job!

    Some of those board members never speak (John Jung, Larry Smith, Jim Heisler)

    You have to wonder if several of these people even read the packets!

  2. Good Evening Ms. Martha,

    Thank you for your comments, but more importantly, thank you for signing your name.

    It is always nice to hear constructive feedback so that we may improve ourselves.

    Ms. Martha, I am sorry and I promise you I am at least as disappointed as you that I was denied the chance to speak.

    I actually had “my light lit” to let Chairman Gottemoller know I was wanting to speak.

    My “strategery” on this was not to be the first one out of the gate to speak on this but follow up and answer some of the challenges I knew where coming.

    Also, I actually wanted to hear what my colleagues had to say on this.

    Sadly, by denying me the chance to speak they denied your voice to be heard too.

    It really is a sad commentary when we can debate a zoning issue for 40 minutes (when we all knew it was going to die) but we “call the question” while board members want to represent their constituents on the board floor over something as big as the budget.

    I could have called the question 10 minutes into Member Schofield’s zoning argument.

    However, unless it is so out of line it is always better to error on the side of speech.

    Since the meeting I have had several board members tell me they wanted to speak as well.

    A few of us are upset.

    I walked out of the room after voting because I was upset and I wasn’t going to go Congressman Mike Bost.

    Everyone on that board, all 23 of them, know that property taxes is my issue and a majority of them decided not to let me speak.

    I admit to everyone on reading this I was upset – I was angry.

    It wasn’t unprofessional I promise.

    I didn’t interrupt anyone (unlike some who oppose me).

    I didn’t make a scene (like some in the past have done). I just voted and walked out briefly.

    I felt it would be ok to go “use the facilities” and get a drink of water.

    I did not miss a vote.

    Now for the good news.

    The McHenry County Board is reforming itself.

    I think you will see a lot of positive changes going forward and I am actually optimistic that there will be a much better free flow of ideas and feedback amongst us.

    I am not throwing anyone under the bus here or saying anything people don’t already know – but this board was very divided on how to govern.

    Through the primary process and the general election we will have four new board members and a returning board member.

    We can learn to work with each other or we can continue on the path that we are on.

    It is my personal hope that we all reflect on the last two years and see it for what it really is.

    It was tough.

    It is evident to anyone who follows the board to know who was isolated and who was promoted.

    Good people like you have stood up and made your voice be known and that is a great step.

    Moreover, to your point of not speaking, fortunately I was able to make a brief statement during member’s comments.

    I will download it, chop it up, and upload it tonight.

    Maybe Cal will post those comments so everyone can have a chance to listen.

    Finally, many of us on the board, and those who will be on the board, hear you.

    We hear you.

    You live in Crystal Lake.

    Despite the developer paying for mailings telling people to support the library, despite government officials running around telling people to support the library, despite the pressure applied on social media, the people overwhelmingly said NO.

    This gives me hope and optimism.

    You would think board members would get the message but sometimes we do not.

    We are all over taxed.

    McHenry County is the 29th most property taxed county in the United States.

    This isn’t Andrew Gasser pulling out some magic number – this is documented.

    It seems as though all government bodies just tax, tax, tax.

    When we run for office we have to make some tough choices on things like the budget and services.

    That is why we run.

    That is why we serve YOU and not the other way around.

    We are in a property tax state of emergency here in McHenry County and Illinois.

    It doesn’t take a rocket economist to tell you that we are losing people left and right to Tennessee, Florida, Texas, and South Carolina because people simply cannot afford property taxes in McHenry County Illinois.

    It doesn’t take a NASA analyst to tell you we have more taxing bodies in Illinois than Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana… combined… but what do I know?

    The political class here would say I do not know much.

    Bluntly speaking, the political class here either doesn’t know the pain that this taxation is causing or they just don’t care.

    You need to ask them yourself Ms. Martha.

    Again, thank you for attending the meeting and thank you for your feedback.

    If you would like to discuss this further with me, or possibly become more involved, you can always call me at (850)866-0155 or email me at

    And this invitation goes out to anyone reading this… I am your county board member too.

    Be Blessed,
    Andrew Gasser

    PS Sorry for all the “I”s – it was me speaking from the heart.

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