Emphais on McHenry County Board’s Decision to Tax to the Max Continues to Dominate Northwest Herald Coverage for District 3 Candidates
You may remember that Kevin Craver’s Northwest Herald article about District 2 McHenry County Board candidates focused on the vote to increase the property tax levy by the maximum of 1.5% Cost-of-Living increase allowed by the Real Estate Tax Cap.
(You can find out who voted to hike your real estate tax bill as much as the law allows here.)
That stimulated my article entitled,
Saturday’s NWH article about the District 3 campaign continued on the same property tax theme, the “touchiest issue,” as the reporter puts it.
There are three incumbents running for re-election. Two Republicans–Mary Donner and Nick Provenzano–and Democrat Kathy Bergan Schmidt.
Donner and Schmidt voted for the tax hike; Provenzano did not.
Craver points out in the article that only challenger Lyn Orphal, a former District 2 Board member unseated by Donna Kurtz, came out in favor of the real estate tax hike.
Of the challengers, the following opposed the “Tax to the Max” approach:
- Mary Alger
- Joe Gottemoller
- Mary McClellan
- Jim Schlader
- Michael Walkup
Of the eight comments (as of 5:30 Saturday when this article was written) under the District 3 article, all are negative regarding the impending real estate tax hike.