Name: Pamela Althoff
Age: Senior citizen status
Office sought: County Board District 4
Occupation: Current State Senator/District 32
Education: BSEd from Illinois State University and Masters from Northeastern Illinois University in Special Education
Elected offices held: City Clerk of McHenry 1994-2001
Fox Waterway Board 1998-2001
Mayor of McHenry 2001-2003
State Senator/District 32 2003-2018
1) What skills, qualities or experience do you possess that separate you from your opponents?
I possess great familiarity with parliamentary procedure, the ability to work collaboratively with people of both opposing and similar perspectives, as well as being accessible and responsive to constituent services and inquiry. I also have a vast understanding of the county’s challenges and opportunities, strengths and weaknesses, needs and wants. In addition I also possess an immense network of state and federal contacts/resources. I have also worked collaboratively with every one of the current seated board members.
2) What can the McHenry County Board do and what should it do to ease the property tax burden on homeowners?
With regard to property tax ease, McHenry County can continue to lead by example; retaining a flat levy and reducing unnecessary expenses. I also believe McHenry County can take the lead in educating our residents on how property taxes are determined as well as how to afford themselves access to the tax protest process. We also need to continue to work with our state representatives to ensure full state education funding as our education property tax line items are the most expensive.
3) Do you think the McHenry County Board should evaluate the possibility of leasing or privatizing Valley Hi Nursing Home?
Yes, I believe the board should evaluate the possibility of leasing or privatizing Valley Hi Nursing Home.
4) Do you think the size of the McHenry County Board should be reduced from 24 members to 12 members? Why or why not?
I absolutely believe the size of the McHenry County Board should be reduced. I also believe the reduction should be determined based on how a new district map is determined and whether it will incorporate single-member districts.
5) What can the county board do to make McHenry County a more attractive place for businesses?
To make McHenry County a more attractive place for people and businesses the board should continue to pursue transportation improvements; roads as well as public transit. In addition tourism opportunities should be encouraged; specifically agritourism experiences and Fox River enhancements.
6) What do you think is the most pressing issue the county board will face in the next two years and how will you address it?
The most pressing issue facing the county board in the next two years will continue to be property taxes and government reductions and efficiencies. I will help focus attention on overall economic development which, if successful, should help spread out the tax burden and ultimately reduce individual residential property tax bills. All units of county appointed government should be evaluated for efficiencies and possible consolidation where appropriate.