Thursday, October 11, 2012
Algonquin Township Enacts Two-Year Officials' Pay Freeze
Passing the four-year salary ordinance was largely a replay of last month's debate. Supervisor Dianne Klemm said current salaries were "darn good" right now for her, the trustees, the Assessor, Road Commissioner and Clerk, observing that McHenry Township had approved a full four-year freeze.
"I don't care about Mchenry (Township)," rejoined Trustee Dan Shea. "If you're doing it for 'show' who're you impressing? They missed me."
Trustee Linda Lance said salaries might be fine right now but they won't stay that way. "You take any kind of class in economics and we're going to have inflation," she said.
Klemm and Trustee Russ Cardelli cast the only votes to freeze all four years.
Trustee Lowell Cutsforth proposed a four year freeze for everybody except the Assessor and Road Commissioner on the premise they work harder than the rest. Shea sneered at that saying, "I don't believe in having first and second-class citizens." Only Klemm and Cutsforth voted for the modified four-year freeeze.
Finally voting on the two-year raises, Klemm and Cardelli were the only "no" votes.
In other action, the Board accepted the audit of last year's Township books even though Lance was troubled when Klemm said she'd already filed it with the County Clerk and State Comptroller. "Are we going to have access to the accounting firm?" she asked.
"Yes," said Klemm. "Anybody with questions, just call them in," she said.