To the Editor:
Some people can’t take “no” for an answer. The three on our McHenry Township Board of Trustees have just outdone themselves. Messrs. Anderson, Verr and Rakestraw ran on a platform of saving the taxpayers money. Now, on the heels of an embarrassing 4-1 defeat in their March 2020 attempt to dissolve the township, and despite a statutory 23-month waiting period requirement before such a referendum can be attempted again, they voted on June 11, to hold the same referendum again, to dissolve the township.
It’s not as if these trustees are unaware of the law. They now contend that all they have to do is change the wording on the ballot “to better educate the voters” (and say they have counseled with Rep. McSweeney about this).
Of course, a wording change that has the very same effect is a distinction without a difference. Moreover, the precise wording of the referendum is prescribed in the empowering statute. What they are attempting to do violates the law, and the Township Counsel Jim Militello told them as much.
These gentlemen know what they are doing is not only wrong but pointless.
That is, unless their point is to waste as much township taxpayer money as possible. Knowing they would be challenged, their second agenda item that night was to bypass the township counsel and hire the same attorney that drained the reserves of Algonquin Township at the behest of its highway commissioner, Andrew Gasser.
Putting this referendum on the November ballot is illegal. The McHenry Township Board needs to withdraw it. The County Clerk needs to refuse the ballot measure. The State’s Attorney needs to tell them so.
Robert F. Beltran