Transparency Effort on McHenry County Board is Voted Down

Official Andrew Gasser Campaign PhotoThis last week a vote was taken on whether to improve the transparency on the McHenry County Board.  As reported by Cal Skinner’s McHenry County Blog, the measure to require quarterly reports was narrowly defeated 12 to 11.

This is a shame.

Here was a perfect opportunity to begin the process of reforming systems and processes that would improve transparency in our local government… and we missed it.  Transparency is always the right way to go.  It is one of the core values of my campaign.

Not only was this the right thing to do, but it was also fiscally responsible.  How many of you think our government is running at 100 percent efficiency?  I do not.  I think steps like the one the board tried to make is a step in the right direction.

Simply put, I would have voted to improve transparency on our county board.  I would have voted with those who wanted to improve what you see happening in our local government.  We need more government watchdogs.

Those who voted for transparency were:

  1. Yvonne Barnes
  2. Diane Evertsen
  3. John Hammerand
  4. Jim Heisler
  5. John Jung
  6. Donna Kurtz
  7. Bob Martens
  8. Nick Provenzano
  9. Ersel Schuster
  10. Mike Skala
  11. Mike Walkup

I would have been number 12.