To the Editor:
State Rep. Jack Franks is pandering for votes claiming to be a reformer because another “bold idea” has created advertising for him in an election year.
He has an idea to reduce the size of government and everyone is expected to believe this as positive.
As a Libertarian, I am an advocate for smaller government, but not in the case of reducing the number of county board members. Government excess resides in the bureaucracies created by politicians and government itself. Reducing the number of the elected officials actually representing residents is not cutting government waste.
Los Angeles County, California, is home to almost 10 million residents, yet has only five members on the Board of Supervisors. Each supervisor represents about 2 million taxpayers. The amount of power these five elected officials yield is alarming.
I urge you to go to http://shawurl.com/salaries, and you will see that the $20,815 salary that McHenry County Board members received in 2013 is minimal compared to other bureaucrats in McHenry County government. Budgeted compensation for Administrator Thomas Annarella was $103,463.54, while County Administrator Peter Austins’ compensation was budgeted at $164,400.08.
Administrator and county administrator working for the McHenry County government sounds a bit redundant.
I would rather reduce the number of unelected government bureaucrats in an effort to shrink government and taxes than cut the number of officials that are elected to represent the taxpayers.