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To the Editor:

Rep. Jack Franks’ argument for a new county executive position falls flat on its face. He states that creating a new layer of government will result in lower taxes, and that Will County’s taxes are lower than McHenry County’s taxes because they have such a county executive position. This is certainly not the case.

Franks’ own data show that the tax gap between the counties has remained essentially the same over the past seven years. This means that despite having a county executive who is directly elected by the taxpayers, Will County’s taxes have risen at the same rate.

McHenry County government does not need a new professional politician, nor does it need to directly elect a board chairman to be effective. Neither option will improve performance nor result in lower taxes.

Please vote “no” on the referendum question to create a county executive.

Douglas Meyer

Lake in the Hills

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