I am optimistic! My campaign for Algonquin Highway Commissioner is now shining sunshine on the numbers. My opponent decided to post a picture on facebook showing how small the tax rate is. However, it doesn’t tell the entire story. First, lets look at Bob’s picture.
Not included in this chart is other factors such as miles of road and dollars levied. It is very misleading in my opinion and if you look at the bottom the scale is .6 and not .5 – it plays tricks with the eyes and the numbers, while they are accurate, cause the brain to work a little harder. Finally I would say this picture was taken with a cell phone and edited to show the pink. Lets take this to the level of transparency I hope to bring to all of us who live in Algonquin Township.
This chart brings it all home.
In Algonquin’s case we have 67.44 miles of road which we collect $4,048,991 at a tax rate of 0.186219. The nepotism cost to this is $398,500 or 9.84 percent. Think about that, almost 10 percent of the budget going to one familiy who is ridiculously overpaid.
Now lets compare Algonquin to Coral Township. In Coral’s case we have 59.96 miles of road of which we collect $295,619 at a tax rate of .262205. The nepotism in Algonquin Township pulls down more resources that the township. In fact, The Millers make more in salary and benefits than the entire road districts of Burton, Coral, Seneca, Riley, Heartland, Alden, Hebron, and Denham Townships!
When you utilize Microsoft office, specifically Excel, you can make beautiful charts that really pop and stand out. No need to take pictures with cell phones. When you look at it – maybe the job isn’t being done as efficiently as it should. And actually, I should redo this chart with Bob’s actual pass through monies removed. Bob doesn’t have control over those dollars anyway.
You may download my pdf spreadsheet here.