While attention is being focused on this November’s elections, filing for next spring’s municipal, school, junior college, park district and lesser districts happen shortly after the election.
At the Republican Party’s Headquarter’s Grand Opening last Thursday night, Crystal Lake Grade School Board member Nancy Gonsiorek told me that she is not running for another term.
She has served two and thinks that is enough, that it is time for new blood.
With seven on the board, there will be at least two vacancies.
School boards spend the bulk of the property tax dollars in McHenry County–$531,992,680.66–when junior colleges are included.
That’s out of a total of $797,394,337.99 on McHenry County tax bills this year.
Virtually all school districts take every dime they are allowed by state law.
The Property Tax Cap allows local governments to obtain 1.5%, plus new buildings.
Below is a table showing what was requested last year (called the “extension”) for countywide governments, junior colleges and school districts, plus what will be requested of taxpayers this year. (Remember that the property tax cycle is always on year behind, so the 2012 extension was collected in 2013 and the 2013 extension will be collected this year.)
|Tax District||2012 Extension||2013 Extension||% Change|
|McHenry County Conservation District||19,565,165||19,713,015||0.76%|
|Elgin Community College||4,368,547||3,984,898||-8.78%||McH Co only|
|McHenry County College||26,917,740||26,922,036||0.02%|
|Grade School Districts|
|Nippersink (Richmond-Spring Grove) Grade School Dist 2||10,779,926||12,101,943||12.26%|
|Fox River Grove Grade School Dist 3||5,552,780||5,551,436||-0.02%|
|McHenry Grade School Dist 15||46,121,592||47,596,924||3.20%|
|Riley Grade School Dist 18||3,672,942||3,747,447||2.03%|
|Cary Grade School Dist 26||21,997,245||22,505,622||2.31%|
|Harrison (Wonder Lake) Grade School Dist 36||4,411,171||4,489,751||1.78%|
|Prairie Grove Grade School Dist 46||9,966,783||9,934,965||-0.32%|
|Crystal Lake Grade School Dist 47||69,275,174||70,715,547||2.08%|
|High School Districts|
|Marengo Grade School Dist 165||6,593,399||6,705,516||1.70%|
|Marengo High School Dist 154||9,535,261||9,775,357||2.52%|
|Crystal Lake High School Dist 155||70,415,851||71,672,171||1.78%|
|McHenry High School Dist 156||25,581,470||25,385,979||-0.76%|
|Richmond-Burton High School Dist 157||10,375,229||10,678,728||2.93%|
|Unit School Districts|
|Johnsburg Unit School Dist 12||19,949,096||20,707,035||3.80%|
|Alden-Hebron Unit School Dist 19||4,246,359||4,056,732||-4.47%|
|Harvard Unit School Dist 50||13,729,426||14,116,821||2.82%|
|Wauconda Unit School Dist 118||6,649,265||6,723,377||1.11%||McH Co only|
|Huntley Unit School Dist 158||49,948,610||51,621,632||3.35%||McH Co only|
|Woodstock Unit School Dist 200||58,177,080||58,706,774||0.91%|
|Barrington Unit School Dist 220||4,868,733||4,238,905||-12.94%||McH Co only|
|Carpentersville Unit School Dist 300||47,967,724||49,090,325||2.34%||McH Co only|