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For the kids

To the Editor:

Re: Diane Kaufman’s letter (Sept. 2).

Diane’s letter was excellently put and most informative regarding Jack Franks’ referendum for a county executive form of government.

The County Board has purposely created a $47 million slush fund with no intended purpose but to cover their budget or shortage mistakes. This represents a 46 percent over-budgeted needs.

Investment and or banking interest has been virtually nonexistent the past half dozen years, producing no financial gains.

Instead, our beloved school districts are putting through too many referendums to cover their budgeting mistakes or misunderstood state yearly grant monies, and we the taxpayers are subject to pay.

As for these referendums, the old and tired saying, “it’s for the kids” ... Yes, the careless overspending and bungled budgeting will in fact be carried over year after year and put to our kids to deal with in their years to come if we don’t deal with these financial shortcomings now.

Back to Jack Franks, our state representative with his county executive referendum. Let’s start a new “it’s for the kids” statement and set a path for new fiscal responsibility in McHenry County.

All County Board seats are up for election this November. Ask your district candidates for their views on the issues, and please vote accordingly. Remember, it’s for the kids.

Al Bielsky

Holiday Hills

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