I had to read Cal Skinner's www.mchenrycountyblog.com today to find out just how dangerous it was going to be last night for the McHenry City Council to vote on a sales tax hike. Plenty dangerous, from a photo on Cal's blog.
A McHenry police officer was present with his search wand and, according to McHenry County Blog, "wanded" spectators after they emptied their pockets and bags. Three cheers to the spectator who protested being searched before entering the meeting! Did McHenry P.D. get tipped that there was going to be gunplay at the meeting? What was the reason for the elevation in security?
Guess he had to be there to protect elected officials who were about to "steal" money from the customers of McHenry businesses. Or was he there to make sure that those being robbed wouldn't attempt to defend themselves?"
Surely, McHenry has heard about the recession (depression?) and that many of its residents have joined the ranks of the unemployed. Of course, not raising the sales tax might have resulted in more unemployment in McHenry; at least, among those called City employees.
It's a tough call, whether to increase income (taxes) or cut expenses (services, employees). Will the increase in sales tax from 7.0% to 7.5% cause people to shop outside the City of McHenry on January 1?