To the Editor:
The McHenry County Board is considering a resolution to reduce elected officials’ salaries by 10%. This action by board members would be a significant statement of support for constituents. Larry Spaeth, McHenry County Board candidate from District 6, would gladly accept this reduction as a member of the McHenry County Board if elected.
Larry believes there is much more we must do in terms of testing and tracing of the virus and that will be costly. The county has received approximately $11,000,000 of funding to fight the virus. This and much more will be needed to provide for the health of our community.
A 10% reduction in salary is a relatively small step that board members should be willing to take under these circumstances.
Larry also is very supportive of county employees. He feels strong that treating them fairly and protecting their interests in these challenging times must be a high priority. He applauds Board Member Mary McCann for saying, “I want to know where the hell all of the board members were when we laid off and furloughed all of those employees in April?”
A second proposed resolution would require board members receiving health benefits through the county to file time sheets, documenting their time to verify that they worked the minimum number of hours to qualify for the health benefits.
Larry has already taken the position on record that health benefits ought not to be tied to board positions, and if he is elected, he will not take the benefit. At a minimum, requiring accountability in terms of time on task is not an unreasonable expectation for board members in his view.
Campaign Chair for Candidate Larry Spaeth - McHenry County Board District 6