Waltmire and supporters at McHenry Fiesta Days Parade
Hammerand and entrenched incumbents deny citizens a voice while blocking measure to downsize board
Woodstock, IL — On Tuesday, Arne Waltmire stood before the McHenry County Board and asked them to allow the citizens of the county to weigh in on whether they’d like to cut the board from 24 to 16 members. The measure could save taxpayers over $300,000 a year.
“I ask the Board to take this sound proposal to the citizens of the county for their vote,” Arne said.
A small bi-partisan cohort backed the proposal to allow McHenry County voters a say on the tax saving plan. However, entrenched incumbents were successful in the blocking the measure by voting to table it.
This marks the second time John Hammerand – a 12-year incumbent politician and Waltmire’s opponent in the race for McHenry County District 4 – opposed a proposal to cut the board and save taxpayers’ money. In fact, Hammerand has stated he’d like to increase the size of the board.
“Cook County’s population is ten times that of McHenry’s and yet they have less members on their board. That’s nuts,” said Waltmire. “I’m going to continue to spread the word and keep up the fight for taxpayers.”
Waltmire’s other opponent, Charles Wheeler, did not attend the meeting. Wheeler’s no-show caused some of his District 4 constituents to question his commitment to the job for which he is running.
For several months, Waltmire’s been going door to door campaigning to downsize the board. In June, he introduced a downsizing proposal similar to that which was considered at the Tuesday board meeting. He’s knocked on over 1,000 doors and talked to scores of constituents. They like the fact the plan will save money for taxpayers without hurting vital public services or job creation.
Arne Waltmire’s a 30-year educator and certified arbitrator who has private & public sector work experience. Waltmire is running for District 4 of the McHenry County Board, which includes parts of McHenry, Spring Grove, Richmond, Ringwood, Johnsburg, and McCullom Lake. You can learn more by visiting www.arnewaltmire.com.
This article appeared in the Chicago Tribune on July 20, 2014.
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