McHenry County Tax Bills Online at Treasurer’s Office

Although they are not going to be put in the mail until Friday, McHenry County Treasurer Bill LeFew’s web site has tax bills on the internet already.

At least they were when I tried about an hour ago.

I’m getting nothing when I try now.

The first screen on the McHenry County Treasurer's web site. One is supposed to be able to click on the top center button and get to a page where one can type in a person's name or address or Property Identification number and pull up the tax bill. I am told that once one reaches that page to put in less information than is requested. The zip code isn't needed, for example. I live on Meridian Street, but just typed the number and "Mer" and it worked. Must be too many people trying to access their tax bills now.

Here’s the place to go.

From the 2010 4th of July Parade in Crystal Lake.

I have done some Crystal Lake area comparisons and found two tax districts which bit the bullet and asked for the same amount of money this year as they got last year.

Drum roll, please.

Calculating from a neighbor’s tax bill, the tax districts worthy of praise in this trying economy are

  • Crystal Lake High School District 155
  • Crystal Lake Park District
  • City of Crystal Lake

Their bills this year are about as close as one can come. All three are with hundredths of a percent of last year’s bills.

On the bill I examined, District 155 amounted to 25% of the total, while the park district was 4.6%.

From a percentage point of view, the booby prizes go to

  • Lakewood for sticking its hands in taxpayers’ pockets to take an extra 10.7%
  • Algonquin Township Road District, with an increase of 8.2%
  • Crystal Lake Grade School District 47, which increased its tax take by 6.6%

Lakewood takes almost 14% of its Algonquin Township’s residents tax dollars.

The Algonquin Township Road District takes little in dollars, less than 2%. Excluding pensions half of the amount collected within municipal boundaries goes for city and village streets.

The Crystal Lake Grade School District, on the other hand, is the biggest part local ta bills.

Over 38% of the total. A six percent high is real money. $328 on the real estate tax bill from which the calculations in this article are based.

There was no election competition for the park district and high school boards. Maybe if there had been campaigns, the incumbents on the ballot would have bragged about being in tune with the economic times.

The high school board did have a citizens’ group looking at it, however. It’s called GAND Community Advocates. The “GAND” stands for the Grafton, Algonquin, Nunda and Dorr Townships in which most of District 155 lies). District 47 covers parts of the same townships. The group is now trying to bird dog the high school teachers’ union contract negotiations, but the school board is unwilling to make any details public.

No one running for the grade school board had any literature. If anyone was paying attention to what that taxing entity does besides its employees, it would be hard to document. One candidate lost; the others on the ballot won.

In Lakewood, an appointed incumbent lost for a two-year term. Taxes did seem to be an issue.

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