To the Editor:
McHenry County government has been a model that other counties in Illinois have attempted to emulate. With a bond rating of Aaa, the highest possible, taxpayers save with lowest-available interest rates for improvement projects.
Illinois, however, has a bond rating of A; only California has a lower rating. The most recent downgrade for Illinois is estimated to cost taxpayers an additional $1.5 million for every $100 million borrowed.
This is a result of one person having too much power over the decisions of the state. Despite having a front row seat to this disaster in governance, Jack Franks has gotten a referendum on the ballot that would consolidate power with one person: a county executive.
The county executive would create a budget; appoint members to boards, commissions, special districts; hire, fire and suspend deputies, employees, other administrative staff; and have veto power.
I’ll be voting “no” on the county executive referendum.