Misuse of Equipment and Property in Algonquin Township

We pay the 29th highest property taxes in the United States of America.  While we have very little control over Springfield and Washington DC we can control our local community.  Ask yourselves, is this the best we can do?  Is this spending the taxpayer’s money in the most efficient manner?

This video is what happens when you have such institutionalized power which goes unchecked. Watch this video:

This 8:24 second video should disturb all of us. How is it that township employees and their friends can discharge firearms on Algonquin Township property? The area in question is right behind “The Hollows” McHenry County Conservation District.  Is this appropriate use of Algonquin Township Highway funds?

“What the hell is he doing – he’s getting the loader. HE IS GETTING THE LOADER!”

“The Highway Department at work!  You stall on the side of the road watch out.  Haha.”

“Dude… Hey… hang on hang on!!! When no one is looking let’s throw it on 14!”

This is all under Robert J. Miller’s watch.

I will restore Integrity, Reform, and Transparency in the Algonquin Township Road District

If you elect me I will put an end to this behavior immediately.  I call on Robert J. Miller to identify the men in this video and immediately terminate them for unprofessional conduct and misuse of Algonquin Township property.

As a retired US Air Force Officer with experience in small arms fire I can tell you that the men discharging rounds into this vehicle did so in a very unsafe manner.  The ricochets could have injured themselves or flown into the conservation district behind this “range”.  Walking up to the vehicle and firing at close range is clearly unsafe.

My corrective actions will be as follows:

  1. Immediately ban all small arms and long rifles from being discharged on Algonquin Township government property.
  2. Institute new internal controls and measures to track hours on all equipment.
  3. Direct all staff that under no circumstances will Algonquin Township property be used for personal or recreational reasons.
  4. Institute a new “personal conduct” policy.
  5. Ask State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally and Sheriff Bill Prim to investigate this video to see if any crimes were committed.

For the first time in 24 years you, the voters of Algonquin Township, have a choice this election day.  You can vote for me or vote for the political status quo.  There are more than enough qualified people who would love to work for the taxpayers of Algonquin Township who will respect the taxpayer’s money.  We can end the nepotism.  We can end the unprofessional conduct that takes place.

My ask from all of you

I am asking you all to share this story on Facebook.  I am asking you all to email this to everyone in Algonquin Township you know.  I am asking you all to share this via instagram.

Finally, I am asking you to vote for the reformers below who will END THIS MESS.

I WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN.

 

FOIA Request and Keeping My Promises on Property Taxes

I heard you loud and clear long before November 8th.

Friends,

As many of you may have heard I spoke about being asked to turn over documents via the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA). I think it is critical to be transparent to all of you so I am now posting it here for all to see. First: The FOIA request:

Name:
Louis Sandborn

Email:
Email OR Address required
loupatriot1776@gmail.com

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Loupatriot1776@gmail.com

Desired Response Type:
[×] Email

Daytime Phone:
Phone number will be used if clarification of this request is needed
Email

Fax:
Not answered

Records Requested:
Provide as much specific detail as possible so the public body can identify the information that you are seeking.

I request copies of all emails sent by Andrew Gasser to Yvonne Barnes, Donna Kurtz, Jeffrey Thorsen, Michael Rein, Chuck Wheeler or Michael Walkup between January 1, 2017 and February 18, 2017 and any responses.

Thank you,
McHenry County, IL

Here is the email that has been FOIA’d:

To:   Jack Franks‎; County Board Members
Attachments:  Resolution.docx‎ (16 KB‎)‎[Open as Web Page‎]
Inbox, Sent Items
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 11:04 PM

Friends,

The public has made it evidently clear that they want tax relief.  Our chairman has said he wants a 10 percent cut in our budget and levy.  I have had conversations with a few of you and it just seems like we really are not taking this seriously in my opinion.

I have written a resolution in my copious amount of free time and I feel this is a great starting point.

I am asking all of you to reach out to me and to other and start discussing this.  I plan to push this very, very hard with you all – and the public.  I think I have the public’s back on this.

Do or do not – there is no try.  Let’s work together to get this done.

VR
Andrew

I couldn’t properly link my attachments in the email above so I am putting a PDF of the attachment here and the searchable text below:

R E S O L U T I O N

RESOLUTION TO REDUCE THE McHENRY COUNTY BUDGET AND LEVY BY 10 PERCENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018

WHEREAS, McHenry County Illinois is the 29th highest property taxed county in the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, The citizens of McHenry County view property taxes as the number one reason to leave the county; and

WHEREAS, The State of Illinois has lost more citizens than any other state in 2016; and

WHEREAS, High property taxes have a deleterious effect on the economy and destroy small businesses; and

WHEREAS, The Village of Cary has passed a non-binding referendum with 91 percent demanding all future levy increases come before the voters; and

WHEREAS, The Village of Lakewood has passed a non-binding referendum with 92 percent demanding all future levy increases come before the voters; and

WHEREAS, The Village of Fox River Grove has passed a non-binding referendum with 91 percent demanding all future levy increases come before the voters; and

WHEREAS, The McHenry Board authorized the a levy of $79,344,078 on November 15th, 2016; and

WHEREAS, The McHenry County fiscal year begins December 1st of every year; and

WHEREAS, The McHenry County fiscal year ends November 30th of every year.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by this County Board of McHenry County, directs the County Administration that the Annual Appropriation Ordinance of McHenry County, Illinois for the fiscal year beginning December 1, 2017 and ending November 30, 2018, shall be reduced by ten(10) percent from $79,344,078 to $71,409,671; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the County Administrator and staff shall prepare plans to reduce the budget and levy and present them to the full county board at the Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 meeting; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the fiscal year 2018 budget will go on 30 day review to the full county board no later than the Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 meeting.

 

DATED at Woodstock, Illinois, this 21st day of February, A.D., 2017.
_______________________________
Jack D. Franks, Chairman
McHenry County Board

ATTEST:
_________________________________
Mary E. McClellan, County Clerk

More about the resolution

I wanted to communicate to you, the constituents, that this county board member hears you loud and clear.  We are leading the way with this resolution.  The voters of Cary, Fox River Grove, and Lakewood sent a very clear message and some of us are responding.  This resolution is the first step.  Obviously some of the dates will need to be updated.

Moreover, working with other county board members and Chairman Jack Franks we will further refine this resolution and have it before the Finance Committee (hopefully) next month if everything goes as planned.  This is a collaborative effort.  We need to find 13 votes to make this happen.  I feel we have six right votes now.  Please help me get more.

I have been working on this resolution for awhile quietly with some members as soon as the new board was seated.  Frankly, I felt it was important to work with board members privately getting their feedback and input to make a better resolution.  Once we found our “sea legs” this is the draft.  It was my hope that we could have announced this next month but I feel compelled to release it now.

Sadly, sometimes the messenger gets shot and the message never gets through.  This is one of those cases.  I felt I had to share this now publicly to re-assure you that I have not forgotten that McHenry County property taxes are the 29th highest in the United States of America.  Again, it would be very hard to forget all the time we invested in July and August getting all the signatures to get the resolutions on the ballot.  I remember meeting so many of you at the Panera in Fox River Grove, the Jewel in Cary, or just going door to door.

We have accomplished so much together and we will do more.

Feel free to email me: andrew@andrewgasser.com or give me a call at (850)866-0155 if you have any questions.  With your help this will move forward.

 

Updating Bob Miller’s Post

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.

 

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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.

Real News in Algonquin Township

I am optimistic about the upcoming election!  We as Republicans we are fighting for the soul of our local party.  We have some big decisions to make and I just wanted to add to the signal and reduce the noise.

Some are even decrying that there is false information going around.  Except it isn’t.  The cognitive dissonance – especially here in Algonquin Township.  I am asking you to trust me – but verify me.

Highway Commissioner Salaries

Jamie Weinberg asked about a comparison of salaries for highway commissioner.  Jamie, here you go.

In 2015 the McHenry County Board held a special task force on township consolidation.  Here is the data which you should download from the official McHenry County website:

https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/home/showdocument?id=51706 – Page 1

Here is a simple screen shot of the data provided by the county from most expensive salary to least.

Not listed on this is the truck the my opponent used to drive home nightly.  Ever since I announced my candidacy you will see it parked at the township nightly.  However, none of the purchase orders are online.  This is part of my transparency project I will bring to the township.  I think if we are spending money on big ticket items you should be able to review them as well.  This is only common sense, don’t you think?

Tax Cuts

Bob never announced his 10 percent tax cut until I announced my candidacy.  Somehow he found a way to cut 10 percent in FY 18 and FY 19.   How convenient.  Here, this is from his own campaign website:

Meanwhile I have been trying like heck to cut spending and reduce property taxes.  Here is some #RealNews:

Chicago Tribune

Northwest Herald

I have been saying this since 2013 and I will continue to use my station inside the county to make sure everyone hears it.

I know so many of you want to leave Illinois.  You tell me when we chat at the door.

Politicians never cut levies unless they feel threatened politically.  The same can be said for Nunda and McHenry Townships where career politicians are being primaried by folks who never wanted to do this.  That is why so many of us, including myself, are term limiting ourselves.   I wanted to stick to writing space policy.   Everyone was afraid to confront the career politicians.

Many people are reading this and are quietly reading this and thinking “Oh My God Andrew I cannot believe you are saying this!”  Why?  It is the truth.

I do not have any personal grudge in this.  I just think nepotism inside our local Republican Party is wrong.  I think a lot of local politicians who have condoned this in the past and are supporting it now are going to have to answer to the voters.  How can we as Republicans say we are for lower property taxes when we say its ok to put a $398k nepotism tax on a township?

It is wrong and we all know it.

Algonquin Township: The Most Expensive Road District in McHenry County Part 2

Yesterday I compared the Algonquin Township Road District road mile cost to the county average.  Many of you messaged me asking me for more data on this.  I am here to provide that to you now.  Again, I am asking you to trust me but verify what I am saying.

First lets look at road miles.  As we can see Algonquin Township ranks third in terms of number of miles of roads with 67.44 miles of road.   Nunda Township has 94.24 miles of township roads and McHenry Township has the most township road miles with 109.06.

Now lets look at cost per road mile.  Algonquin Township ranks as the most expensive township at a staggering $21,541.57 per road mile.  Dorr Township ranks second at $16,232.01 and Nunda Township comes in third at $15,2016.12.  Strangely, the township with the most road miles, McHenry Township, comes in fourth at $12,792.57.

Algonquin Township has the third highest number of road miles but is, by far, has the most expensive road district.  The Algonquin Township Road District pays $5,309.56 more per road mile than the next highest township, Dorr Township.  What is the reason for this enormous disparity?

TRUTH DATA

Here is a link to the PDF of my data and below is an image.  I believe in full transparency I know people are believing me and what I am saying; however, they also want to verify me.  This is the level of clarity you can come to expect from me.