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Shrink County Board

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I applaud state Rep. Jack Franks’ efforts to demand transparency and accountability from the McHenry County Board.

He is absolutely correct in asking them to allow the citizens to advise the board on whether its size should be reduced. Unlike our neighboring counties, our board has refused to reduce its size and still relies on an archaic system of large, multimember districts, which separate voters from their elected representatives.

Franks’ proposal would save the taxpayers about $500,000 per year, with the added benefit of direct voter engagement. Smaller districts, represented by a single member, would give taxpayers a more direct line to their representatives on the board and encourage members to act more responsibly, since they would not be able to hide bad votes.

McHenry County citizens deserve the right to weigh in on how we’re governed. Should County Board members refuse our right to self-determination, they should be voted out of office in November.

Stewart Bailenson

Woodstock

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