A suit filed on September 13, 2018, by Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser against the Algonquin Township Board gets heard today.
The issue is whether the Township Board has the authority to reduce a levy presented by the Road Commissioner.
The suit cites this language:
“The township board of trustees…, at the public hearing shall adopt the tentative budget and appropriation ordnance…” [Emphasis in the original.]
“Upon information and belief, the Defendants’ actions are in retaliation for the Plaintiff Gasser’s political victory over his predecessor in office and are designed to constrain the Highway Commissioner in the functions of his office and it retaliation to Gasser’s efforts to being true transparency to the Road District, which conflict with his predecessor’s desire to prevent full and complete disclosure of his prior spending,” another part of the suit says.
The action compares the Township Board’s attempt to control the Road District to Woodstock’s trying to control actions in Crystal Lake, the point being made that the Road District and the Township Board govern separate governments.
“The Algonquin Township Board lacks any power to command any action by the Highway Commissioner to adopt prevailing wage ordinances, much less amend agreements that the Road District entered or condition payments upon insurance requirements it deems appropriate.”
Interference “with the payment of bills due in the ordinary course of business such as accounting, legal, and forensic audit costs” is also in the complaint.
In short, the goal is to keep the Township Board from interfering with Road District operations.
What Gasser considers adequate legal funds are brought up in the suit.
The Township Board cut them by $50,000. [Got distracted and didn’t change this to $100,000.]