To the Editor:
Several months ago, McHenry County College hired a firm that manages health clubs to advise them if they should spend $42 million of taxpayer money to build a fancy health club. No prizes for guessing what advice they got. They tried to pass this marketing presentation off as a “feasibility study.”
Last month, they paid the same firms $50,000 to do a second study! After being criticized for hiring a firm with such an obvious conflict of interest, MCC took action! On Dec. 11, they increased the contract by a third.
MCC Trustee Ron Parrish said the increase was “to make it a true feasibility study,” an admission that what they paid for already was not a feasibility study. Unfortunately, no matter how much taxpayer money they spend, it can’t be a “true feasibility study” because that requires hiring a firm that doesn’t have an obvious conflict of interest.
MCC has no business risking taxpayer money to build a health club! That is not the job of a community college!
Besides that, there are at least 20 health clubs in McHenry County. Why in the world does MCC need its own?
To add insult to injury, MCC wants to sell bonds backed by property taxes to build this project, and they plan to do this without a referendum because they know voters would turn them down.
Citizens of McHenry County, I urge you to speak up. If you don’t, your taxes will go up.