Algonquin Township: The Most Expensive Road District in McHenry County Part 1

I have been asked why I am running for Algonquin Township Road District.  The answer is very simple.  I feel the office is wildly out of control and spending is unchecked.  I am asking you to trust me but also verify what I am saying.

The McHenry County Clerk’s office provided this information.  Algonquin Township dwarfs the county average and only cares for 67.44 miles of roads.  We all know that McHenry County is the 29th highest property taxed county in the United States of America.  Why?

We keep electing the same politicians year after year expecting things to change.  When we keep electing the same people over and over again nothing changes for the better.  How many times have we been told that we have to take the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or we “lose it forever”?

Frankly the fear mongering and whisper campaign by some is unfortunate.  You know who they are.  Therefore, I would like to set the record straight.

  1. Our snow and ice control measures will not be impacted with my election.
  2. Our senior service program will not change.  However, I will remove all the politician names from our vehicles.
  3. Our recycling program will not change.
  4. I will reduce the cost of our township road district budget by 25 percent over four years.

I am not going at this alone.  Our team is blessed to have three individuals with over 70 years experience with snow and ice control as well as road maintenance in municipalities.  I promise all of you we will not do anything that will jeopardize our citizens.

We will look for governmental efficiencies where we can.  When we find these efficiencies as road commissioner I shall employ a 50/50 strategy.  50 percent of the savings will be targeted at improving services.  We shall take the other 50 percent and refund it to you, the taxpayers.

Algonquin Township Highway District Facing Lawsuit for Improper Taxation

We all know our property taxes are outrageous here in McHenry County.  Some of us have been saying this for a very long time.  And all the while our elected politicians give us the same excuse:

If we do not take the increase we lose it forever.

However, I do not subscribe to this line of thinking.  I am so sick and tired of elected officials using this this line as an excuse to raise our taxes.  Listen:

The Township Road District now has over $5,500,000 “in reserves” – what is in your wallet?

This includes my opponent who has been taxing us since 1993.  We all have been told that experience counts in this upcoming election and I certainly agree.  This includes properly administering the highway department as well as following the taxation laws inflicted upon us by Springfield.  Sadly, this is not happening inside Algonquin Township and in fact they are facing a lawsuit for over taxing the property owners and those of us who rent.

We renters pay property taxes too.

Below are the four links outlining the property tax lawsuit filed against Algonquin Township and the Algonquin Township Road District.

This is a problem that I feel I am eminently qualified to solve.  Moreover, I have the character to do so.  To me it is unconscionable to levy when we have such enormous reserves.  The lawsuit is quite clear that under the direction of the highway commissioner the highway district has built up onscene reserves.  Look:

The District levied $10,170 for its Audit Fund, but had reserves of $81,042 in that Fund.

The District levied $35,545 for its Liability Insurance Fund, but had (reserves) of $162,891 in that Fund.

The District levied $71,068 for its Social Security Fund, but had (reserves) of $178,467 in that Fund.

The District levied $126,890 for its Retirement Fund, but had (reserves) of $232,279 in that Fund.

All of the aforesaid levies are illegal in that the District had more than twice the annual, three-year expenditures on hand when it adopted additional, unnecessary levies.

Additionally, the Road District has numerous line items where the levy amount exceeds the appropriation, and as such, are invalid as a matter of law.

With respect to the Road District, the Road and Bridge Fund, coupled with the Equipment and Building Fund, the Road District had reserves in excess of $5,500,000.

Friends and neighbors I will fix this.  I will descend upon this problem with a combat discipline focus and I will correct the errors.  I have been told that experience counts and there is no one with more experience than me when it comes to standing up against the political class that defends these high taxes every chance they get.

All of you who know me know that I am not afraid to stand up when I am in the minority.  I do not waiver under pressure and I have a proven track record to standing up against the tax and spenders.  I ask all of you to check out my YouTube channel and look in the Northwest Herald to see my position on property taxes.

Campaign Promises to the People of Algonquin Township – Promise 2

I am so optimistic about our future in Algonquin Township!  When you elected me and bestowed the enormous honor to serve you as your county board member I made several promises to you – which I kept.  I am making another one of those promises now.  I will term limit myself to no more than TWO TERMS as the Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner.

We all know the problem in Illinois are these politicians who are elected for life.  We have over $109 Billion in pension liability and over 100,000 people left Illinois in 2016 because the taxes are so insane.  To give you all some perspective Michael Madigan assumed office in January, 1971, I was born in June, 1972, and my opponent started working in the Algonquin Township Road District in October, 1972.  My opponent has been the commissioner since 1993.

We need term limits and I will term limit myself.

Campaign Promises to the People of Algonquin Township – Promise 1

I am optimistic we can do better in Algonquin Township!  When you all gave me the enormous honor to serve you as your county board member I made several promises to you – which I kept.  I am making one of those promises now.  I will not take the politician healthcare plan.

I am asking you to trust me… but verify me as well.  I will lower the budget and levy of the Algonquin Township Road District.  I will improve transparency.  I will bring meaningful reforms to help all of us who live and reside here.

I hear you – while my opponent opines that there is not much he can do I simply say that is not true.  There is so much we can do… and together we will.  I am optimistic that together we can lower our property taxes.

Emails Asking Me To Change My Electoral College Vote

The People's Democratic Republic of Illinois Surrounded by the United States of America.

The People’s Democratic Republic of Illinois Surrounded by the United States of America.

Lately I have been contacted several times, via email, to change my vote from Donald J. Trump to Hillary Clinton.

Hell No.

Now people should know (because I am getting website hits from all around the United States) that I live in the People’s Democratic Republic of Illinois.  Our “state” is surrounded by the United States of America.  It isn’t even arguable that the City of Chicago is the most corrupt City in America.  Therefore, I cannot vote next week for Trump as the 20 Democrat electoral college voters will vote and not the Republicans.

What really ticks me off are all of these holier than thou electoral college voters who say they will not vote for Trump because they think Russia is involved or they need an intelligence brief.  Give me a break – what the hell is wrong with you Chris Suprun?  You have absolutely no idea how good you have it in Texas.  Do you even have a security clearance (my TS/SCI is expired) to receive such intel?

Besides the weather, you have no idea just how bad we conservatives in Illinois have it.  You wouldn’t understand.  McHenry County pays the 29th highest property taxes in the UNITED STATES!  Last year Illinois lost 200,000 people to other states because Michael Madigan and the Democrats have augured this state straight into the ground.  I mean, he has been in office longer than I have been alive, and I am 44.

So many of us in McHenry County Illinois worked so hard to get Donald J. Trump elected and I am PROUD of the fact that McHenry County is the only “collar county” that went for Trump.  And here you want talk about how angry you are and how upset you are?  Come on up to Illinois and let me drive you around Cook County so you can really get torqued off.  Frankly, it is shameful to me personally to see our own party refuse to support the President-Elect.

A Mind-Numbed Email From A Snowflake

I am quoting this verbatim:

Dear Mr.AndrewGasser,
given the current discussion about a possible Russian interference in distributing biased information to voters prior to the 2016 presidential election, do you believe that voting proceedings of the electoral college should go on as scheduled?
I would be grateful even for a Yes/No answer, but would also highly appreciate a brief statement if possible.
All answers will be used for academic research purposes only and will be treated with absolute confidentiality.
Thank you for your cooperation and for helping me with my research project.
Yours sincerely,
DeShawn Jackson

And this is how I responded:

republicDear Mr. Jackson,

Thank you for reaching out to me as it is an honor to speak about this important issue.

I am an electoral college voter in Illinois in the Republican Party. So you should know – first of all – that I will not be voting as Hillary Clinton won Illinois thanks to Cook County.

However, if I could vote I would vote for Donald J. Trump. Moreover, I think it is absolutely insane for people to switch sides (regardless of party) unless there are “high crimes and misdemeanors”.

This is the United States of America and we do not throw away our elections or our form of government because of something that might be “possible”… unless you want to talk about the voter fraud in Detroit where Jill Stein’s recount found out more people voted for Hillary Clinton than actually live there:

History is important. Russia has tried to interfere in elections before and in fact DEMOCRATS invited Russia to do it:

Moreover, look how the Obama Regime tried to interfere with the elections in Israel.  Look how the Obama Regime interfered with Brexit.

There is absolutely no way on God’s green earth that we should get rid of the electoral college. Sit down and think about it. If you go by just “the popular vote” you would only need to campaign in California, Texas, and New York.

Why on earth would you ever go to North Dakota, Oklahoma, or South Carolina? You should really take five minutes to watch this:

Finally – please remember that the United States of America is NOT a Democracy but a Representative Republic… if we can keep it.

I feel this answers your questions but you can always call me or email me for clarification.

Have a blessed day DeShawn,
Andrew Gasser
McHenry County Board, District 1
Republican Electoral College Voter for the People’s Democratic Republic of Illinois


Property Taxes ARE The Number One Issue in McHenry County

I kept my promise to turn down the politician pension plan.

I kept my promise to turn down the politician pension plan.

Today was a wonderful day and it has filled me with optimism.  Today your new McHenry County Board was seated and we began to do the important work.  With 100 percent transparency almost everyone who spoke from Chairman Jack Franks to county board members made it a point to speak to our obscene property taxes.

Above are my comments to the county.  When you elected me I made a promise to give you the 100 percent, no BS, truth on our situation.  And while the tide is turning and we are starting to elect people who understand this – sadly some have still not got the memo.  Some have still not somehow got the message that our citizens are being taxed out of their homes.

I hear you McHenry County.  As long as I sit in the seat you all put me in I will make sure they hear you.  I will never let you down and I will keep my word.

I am asking for your help

Please start calling county board members and other elected officials and tell them enough is enough.  You need to tell them that we simply cannot afford the tax and abate schemes that are so prevalent in Illinois.