To the Editor:
I recently learned that our McHenry County Board already has approved $15 million for only the engineering and public education for the Randall Road Phase II engineering project.
But the proposed spending for this 3.5 miles from Ackman Road to County Line Road is over $125 million. Really?
Most homeowners already have gotten their property tax bill and probably are not very happy about the increase. Though the increase, and largest draw from our pocketbooks, is mostly for funding our stellar (not) public school systems (and don’t forget to add the separate line item on your tax bill to fund the McHenry County College), spending this exorbitant amount for Randall Road is another blatant slap in our faces and is enough for all of us to feel road rage.
In addition, Randall Road Phase II construction will cause huge headaches for all who drive this stretch and will hurt the revenue for the stores along it.
So what can we do about it? Read the Citizen Advocates for Public Accountability position on the Randall Road Phase II Project. It is easy to read and puts the tax dollars proposed to be spent in perspective. Then call your County Board representative and let them know how you feel.
We can make a difference if we just speak up with our voices and votes. This is not a project we, the taxpayers, need at this time.