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July 18, 2024

Algonquin Township – Good for the “Gooch”, not for the “Gasser”

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On June 4, 2018

McHenry Co. (ECWd) –

The local press appeared to take great pride in the Algonquin Road Districts budget slashing by the Township Board.  The Township trustees took it upon themselves to not allow Gasser, the current Road Commissioner, to have the legal funds needed for his elected office.

What should be of great interest to the taxpayers is the games being played by the Township Board and what appears to be a coordinated effort to make things tough on one elected official while helping out the past one, Bob Miller.

Thomas Gooch sent this letter January 5th, 2018 to the Township. The information in the letter and the action of the Township board paint a picture of collusion with Thomas Gooch.

“This bill encompasses the unpaid bill sent to you for October, along with November and December bills, which we did not bill until now due to the need to amend the budget.”

Five days later the Township Board amends the budget, as confirmed in the minutes found at this link.

So it appears, the Township Board will amend the budget to help get legal bills paid for Bob Miller but slash the budget for the very person trying to hold Bob Miller Accountable.

Good for the Gooch, not for the Gasser!

Even more disturbing, while the local press is making news on how the Road District legal Budget is slashed, they appear to have overlooked the fact the Township Board has increased their legal budget from $25,000.00 in the 2017-2018 budget (see page 7), to a whopping $250,000.00 for the 2018-2019 budget (see page 3). That number is the very same number they refused to allow Gasser to have in his budget.

Again, Good for the Gooch, not for the Gasser!  

And there is so much more to come!

Gooch Letter on legal bill

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1 Comment
  • Watching Townships
    Posted at 11:21h, 04 June Reply

    Well there is always the opportunity for the citizens to show up in force at the budget hearing to support the current Road Commissioner and DEMAND the budget be raised. I mean really they have been footing the Mr Millers bills for how long now? What’s a little more to put the dispicable piece of trash in jail? Oh and his wife as well! They should save enough money just by not paying for her clothing expenses and their family cell phones and bill etc… that they are gone that they can surely put that money back into legal fees in the budget. Or maybe the new RC just needs to budget for his wife’s clothing and family cell phones etc and as long as it is all done within the same expense family on the budget it won’t matter how he spends it.

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