A press release from McHenry County Board member Chuck Wheeler:
Chuck Wheeler Urges McHenry Residents To vote against $30 Million Pool Resolution
On July 23, 2018 Chuck Wheeler spoke to the City Council of McHenry during public comment urging aldermen to strongly reconsider putting the question of the $30 million Recreation Center and Pool resolution on the fall ballot.
In his statement to the City Council Wheeler stated that “Any additional hits on our already too high property taxes is ill advised, untimely, and unacceptable,
“If this referendum passes the owner of an assessed valued $160,000 home would see their property taxes increase by approximately $180.
“This is the straw that will break the taxpayers back!” said Chuck Wheeler.
Wheeler’s written comments are below:
Please allow me to thank Aldermen Glab and Curry for standing up for the taxpayers here in in the City of McHenry.
Your keen insight and knowledge of voter’s concerns is applauded.
I’m sure that many of you stated that well letting the voters to decide is a cop out but I can tell you that the voters I have talked to all say that this referendum doesn’t stand a chance.
I noticed that the Clerk in her presentation of meeting discussions to the Council noted that two members spoke in favor of the Resolution, but failed to mention that I spoke during public comment spoke against the resolution.
All comments including negative comments should be reflected in the public record if we are to be fair and transparent.
The resolution is supposed to address the cost issue to build and maintain the facility.
The resolution states that It is a cost as one which is a not to exceed $30 million number.
No breakdown is given for the actual cost of building the facility verses the upkeep.
This is important because we are building a new pool because maintenance cost on our existing one exceeds of a new pool.
The taxpayers should know how much it will cost to build the pool and how much it will cost to maintain the entire recreation project.
$30 million is a large number and it needs to be justified in a resolution.
I would also ask that $30 million dollars be written out as well as the numerical value so that voters know exactly what the number is.
Finally, I strongly urge the Council to vote No on this resolution as this type of referendums is not in the best interest of our residents right now and will never pass in its’ current format.
$200 may not seem like a lot of money to some of you but it could be the straw to break back of many taxpayers and force them to attempt to sell and I am speaking of our senior citizens that live on fixed incomes.
The memo about the resolution that would authorize the referendum follows:
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Chuck Wheeler is a City of McHenry resident, County Board Member Dist. 4 and Vice-Chair of the Republican Central Committee for McHenry County. Currently Mr. Wheeler is the Chairman of the Public Health and Community Services Committee on the County Board and sits on the Finance Committee as well. Mr. Wheeler is the President of the Health Insurance Mart Agency Inc. located in Lakemoor Illinois.