No Library District Close to Its Maximum Allowed Tax Rate

Because it is part of the Home Rule City of Crystal Lake, the Crystal Lake Public Library has no maximum tax limit. It can get whatever the Crystal Lake Council approves.

Continuing our series of articles on tax districts in McHenry County that are at or near the maximum rate allowed by law, today we look at Library Districts.

Unlike a couple of Fire Protection Districts and School Districts, Library Districts in McHenry County are below their 60 cents per $100 of assessed valuation tax rate.

Those below their maximum rate limit are

  • Algonquin
  • Barrington
  • Cary
  • Fox River Grove
  • Fox Lake
  • Huntley
  • Johnsburg
  • Marengo-Union
  • McHenry
  • Nippersink (Richmond-Burton)
  • River East (McHenry-Nunda)
  • Rural Woodstock
  • Wauconda

Being part of a Home Rule Unit, the City of Crystal Lake, the Crystal Lake Public Library has no maximum tax rate.

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As an aside I remember attending Library Tax Rate hearings all over the State of Illinois in the summer of 1973 or 1974.

Librarians were asking that their maximum tax rate be raised from 10 cents per hundred to 15 cents per hundred.

Even then being a proponent of not raising tax rates without referendum approval, I asked each librarian if (generally) she had tried to increase the district’s tax rate by voter approval.

I can’t remember one who had.

How the maximum rate got jumped up to 60 cents a hundred, I have no idea.


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