Algonquin Township Budget/Town Hall 2015 FYI

For those not reading http://mchenrycountyblog.com/ here is my response for a comment requested answer.

1. rawdogger on 04/21/2015 at 9:13 pm said:

Larry, what’s your position on the fact that approximately 15% of the road and bridges fund finances the Miller family?

I’ll understand if you don’t want to poke this dog with a stick, but if you’re truly the reformer you claim to be you’ll answer.

 

Response 04/22/15:

Thanks for any comments on this article. All are appreciated to help me listen, learn, and lead.

I do not consider myself a reformer. Four years ago I started getting more involved in our government more than just voting at our elections. Call me for coffee if you want to here the details.

I do believe that you should not use the Ready, Fire, then Aim method. Decisions without both subjective and objective facts to compare to agreed measurement indicators are like waiting to “see what’s in it” after voting on a law.

First, we need to work together within the system to establish key indictors that will measure if/when we achieve our agreed upon goals. Transparency and FOI requests are ineffective without knowing the measurement to goals.

If reducing just the number of units of government is the goal by itself, I’m not sure we will get our desired result of lower taxes and efficient use of those tax dollars.

To do this, some of the key indicators our board would like to established and monitored are:

  1. Monthly Cash Flow Reserve Analysis tool to measure financial health and direction of the township
  2. Employee Pay and Benefit Analysis to establish fair compensation packages to all workers (hired and elected).
  3. Purchase Planning Process for quotes (to go with the bid process) on major investments in goods, services, and building needs based on established goals.

Please email me at emery4trustee@yahoo.com if you would like to help be a resource to accomplish one or more of these indicators this year.

Additional articles on this and other topics can be found at http://emery4illinois.com/news/

 

166th Annual Algonquin Township Town Hall

Here is quick note on the 166th Annual Algonquin Township Town Hall (since the meeting went so very quick, my est. of attendance was 25 people). It was held Tuesday April 14th, 2015 at 7 pm at the township business meeting room.

After going thru the agenda required clerical items, we arrived at audience participation. There was none. Is no news, good news? Was there any concern about expenses and services? Was there any concern about the Citizens for Township Consolidation?

No indication given. So, as a trustee, I will continue asking a cross-section of constituents around the whole township and ask for input. Please send your thoughts, issues, and concerns to emery4trustee@yahoo.com.

Algonquin Township Reduce/Hold Flat 2015/16 Budgets

The 2015/16 budget funds hearings for the Algonquin Township of McHenry County Illinois was held on 4/8/15. The board reviewed and approved the budgets for the Town, General Assistance, Road & Bridge, and Equipment & Building. The board members have been working and discussing plans of the budget with the Supervisor, Assessor, Clerk, and Road Commissioner over the last two months to come up with the final budget with 2nd year in a row of reduced or flat budgets.

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Recap of financial total comparisons versus previous year are:

FUND 2014-15 2015-16
Town 1,226,200 1,201,200
-3.4% -2.1%
GA 309,050 309,050
9.9% 0.0%
Rental 36,500 36,500
-41.1% 0.0%
Assessor 857,650 833,650
-0.1% -2.9%
Clerk 11,550 11,550
0.0% 0.0%
Road & Bridge 2,658,600 2,650,700
-1.9% -0.3%
Equip & Bldg 1,886,500 1,886,500
0.0% 0.0%

My next article will discuss the year plans to continue reviewing, monitoring, and establishing key indicators on line items to help continue efficient and fair use of our resources provided by our taxpayers in accordance to responsibilities.

Election Tuesday April 7th 2015

I hope all had a Happy Easter and a joyous Passover this weekend. The weather was great and made it very comfortable to walk in my precinct to distribute information on this Tuesday April 7th election.

There have been some estimates that total turnout for the election will be only 11%. I can’t even make a comment on this.

There has also been a comment by our president that voting should be mandatory. Obama suggests mandatory voting might be a good idea – CBS News In the article it indicates “short term”. We need a definition of short term and understand how it detracts once again for our freedoms.

Exercise your freedom and vote this Tuesday.

It is time for prayer for guidance and engagement to our responsibilities.

 

Early Voting starts today for April 7th Election

Early Voting starts today. Please consider voting early. Yes, it could also snow on April 7th.

The D155 race includes a candidate Rosemary Kurtz that deserves your vote. Check out RosemaryKurtzD155 in Facebook​ for more details of her qualifications.

In the McHenry County College race, please vote for Ron Parrish, Mike Smith and Karen Tirio for MCC Board of Trustees​ with details in their facebook page.

ALGONQUIN TOWNSHIP OFFICES

3702 US Hwy 14, Community Room (next to the Sheriff’s Substation), Crystal Lake.

Weekdays, March 23 through March 27 –8:30 am to 4 pm

Saturday, March 28 –9 am to Noon

Weekdays March 30 through April 2 8:30 am to 4pm

Friday, April 3 –closed

Saturday, April 4 — 9 am to Noon

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HUNTLEY AREA PARK DISTRICT 12015 Mill St., Huntley Weekdays March 23 through March 27 –8:30 am to 4:30 pm Saturday, March 28 –9 am to Noon Weekdays March 30 through April 2 –8:30 am to 4:30 pm Friday, April 3 –closed Saturday, April 4 –9 am to Noon

VILLAGE OF LAKE IN THE HILLS Village Hall 600 Harvest Gate, Executive Conference Room (though Board Room), Lake in the Hills Weekdays, March 23 through March 26 –8:30 am to 4:30 pm Friday, March 27 –8:30 am to 6:30 pm Saturday, March 28 9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Please go to the McHenry County web page below for additional information.

https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/county-clerk/elections

 

 

Common Core FYI Reissue per request

Common Core: Let the Debate begin/continue (a few years late)! 

Just a few notes on my attendance of the Common Core Summit at MCC 8/28/13 More details at Rights #stopcommoncore → Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL) statement on NCLB reauthorization act Posted on August 29, 2013 by ilpatriot  NOTE:  The authority that was used by the Federal government to financially incentivize the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the accompanying Race to the Top initiatives is the currently expired ESEA act (a.k.a. No Child Left Behind.)  This video describes HR 5:  The Student Success Act. 

Problems with Common Core Standards (CCS) from http://stopcommoncoreillinois.org/2013/08/28/concerns-about-common-core-stopcommoncore/

 No prior research or testing of CCS to determine their efficacy

  1. No prior research or testing of CCS to determine their efficacy
  2. Academic quality will diminish in many schools
  3. CCS will shape both curricula and assessments (i.e., tests)
  4. Testing/Assessments are flawed
  5. Loss of local control
  6. Centralization eliminates mechanisms of improvement: local accountability, choice, competition, and flexibility
  7. Costly
  8. Invasion of privacy/student tracking

1. Trademark of information: MCGRAW-HILL SCHOOL EDUCATION HOLDINGS LLC owns 271 trademarks (registered or pending) in the US federal trademark database for Common Core terms.

Maybe people with more knowledge of trademarks can explain where Mcgraw/Hill is going with this and all the new textbooks that will be required.

My question: Who really controls this program? The one, who legally controls information, controls the outcome.

2. Involvement by Federal government: Question in Common Core web page FAQ

Q: Does the federal government play a role in standards implementation?

A: The federal government had no role in the development of the Common Core State Standards and will not have a role in their implementation. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that is not part of No Child Left Behind and adoption of the standards is in no way mandatory.

My question: Giving money to “help” pay for the program is not a role? Very interesting logic is being used for their answer and Race to the Top funds.

Outcome/Results: Overall thought that the teaching process doesn’t change just because you increase the standards via a Top/Down approach versus a Bottom/Up.

My question: Does ownership of the results come from Top/Down and who wrote the standards?

Answer on who wrote from http://stopcommoncoreillinois.org not http://www.corestandards.org/

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationprovided the funding to write the new standards.
  • Two Washington DC trade organizations:  The national Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Counsel of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) worked with education industry partners to write and trademark the new standards.
  • Many on a panel of educators and business leaders refused to sign off on the final draft of the Common Core Learning Standards.

Common Core…both sides of the issue videos are 15-20 minutes, By Dr Duke Pesta 

1st video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAPuAbxKoQU

2nd video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKGQ3SHD-5I

3rd video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv4ezvOc52M

4th video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUkqDP-2v2k

5th video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHgy06L2R0o

6th video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC4Fimy81Y4

 

Algonquin Township REDUCES 2014 Levy

Yes Virginia, government CAN reduce their taxes. The Algonquin Township board voted unanimously (4-0) to submit the Town Fund to be 1% lower for 2014 compared to 2013.

Is this a huge amount at an $18,000 reduction? This is a matter of perspective and where you set a baseline to truly evaluate success of achieving goals. Until we have a comparison tool that is established for townships (Small, Medium, Large and Urban Suburban, and Rural), it is hard to say. This will be a good project for our township and see if this can be established with the others.

I believe the government administration team and the corresponding board need to be good stewards of the resources given to them by the citizens. To do this, agreed upon key indicators are required to measure. Things measured, will improve.

When we talk transparency, we must have common ground in the numbers and the interpretation of these numbers to be able to analyze and come to a consensus we are on the right track. One can easily take a number and exclaim it and all is well.  In fact, I did with just talking about the 1% reduction of the Levy.  We need a balance approach of monitoring, reviewing, and action on multiple key indicators.

The accomplish this, I will work with the supervisor and her team to continue focus on the 4% reduction of the 2014-15 budget that was submitted and look for frugal spending and redeployment of resources that can be done in 2015-16.

To do this, some of the key indicators to be established and monitored are:

  1. Monthly Cash Flow Reserve Analysis tool to measure financial health and direction of the township
  2. Employee Pay and Benefit Analysis to establish fair compensation packages to all workers (hired and elected).
  3. Purchase Planning Process for quotes (to go with the bid process) on major investments in goods, services, and building needs based on established goals.

The other funds submitted, Road and Bridge, Equipment and Building, Special Funds, and General Assistance, where all held flat to 2013.

Please contact me, attended our monthly meetings, and/or write on any concerns, questions, or other information that you may would like to discuss.

Thank you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee Training Event 052114-Roberts Rules of Order

Roberts Rules of Order Training

The Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee headed by Demetri Tsilimigras quickly held up to their promise for training to help build the Republican Party and instruct individual committeemen. The first in a series of training events was presented Wednesday night May 21st at the Colonial Restaurant in Crystal Lake. Special thanks to Lou Bianchi for providing the food and refreshments.

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Demetri making opening comments before presentation.

 

The topic was Roberts Rules of Order with presenter Jana Blake, Esq. Many thanks for her volunteering for this event. All of the attendees benefited from this focused look at this important understanding of the procedural recommendations to run and interact in a meeting.

Audience

A few of the attentive participants.

Jana went through a ”normal” (if that is possible) meeting giving examples of the process and discussed exceptions and procedures to properly keep control of the meeting, yet provide opportunities for all directly involve to participate. The notes are being typed up by Jana and we get the document to put in our training folder for anyone to request in the near future.

Mike and Jana

 Mike and Jana having a “spirited” discussion.

Our next training session will be on How to Run a Winning Campaign. We will be working in conjunction with the McHenry County Republican Central Committee.

Presenter: Steve Wilson,  Financial Manager, Political Activist

McHenry County Republican Headquarters

16E Crystal Lake Plaza, Northwest Hwy and Virginia Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Monday, June 23, 2014, 7:00 pm – 8:00pm, (Doors open at 6:30pm) 

Who Should Attend? Those interested in running for election or re-election. Elected County, Township and Local Officials.  Any Interested Precinct Committeemen.

Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Demetri Tsilimigras at (847) 532-2025 dtsilimigras@cs.com