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No single ruler

To the Editor:

The McHenry County Board is made up of 24 elected men and women from all parts of the county. It is represented by both major parties and, in a strictly parliamentary manner, elects the chairman. It has been operating in this democratic manner for several decades.

State Rep. Jack Franks placed a referendum on the ballot for a new, additional management layer, in form of a county executive.

This executive would have far-reaching powers, such as veto power over any and all decisions by the County Board.

The county executive would generate and control the yearly budget, and could fire, hire or appoint any person of authority within the county.

Our board members listen to us and work to make our voices heard in the decision-making process. Do we really want to replace our current process with a single ruler?

Vote “no” Nov. 6.

Bjorn Mattsson

Bull Valley

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