The McHenry County Board Tuesday night voted to levy approximately the same amount as it has for the last three years.
Foregoing the opportunity provided by state law to increase its tax take by 1.5%, the rate of inflation, the Board instead opted to try to obtain tax revenue from new construction.
If the estimate of that new assessed valuation is accurate, the total tax bill on current taxpayers in the aggregate should remain relatively constant.
County Board member Nick Provenzano noted,
“I wish there were other units of government that would take our lead.”
While the County Board is controlled by Republicans, other units local government, with the exception of the largest townships, are controlled by those who elected on non-partisan ballots.
Most money from local taxes is earmarked for schools. Many board members have close connections with the teacher union members for whom they provide employment.
The McHenry County Board will decide Thursday night whether its levy will remain constant for the second year in a row.