Since finding out that the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that McHenry County’s population has decreased 1,543 people since 2010, I’ve been keeping my eyes and ears open for other indicators.
Having fewer residents has not resulted in lower property taxes.
In fact, it is hard to find a tax district whose tax bill will not be higher this spring than it was last year.
So we have fewer taxpayers to pay more taxes.
Yesterday, there was an article about political activist Tonya Franklin’s plan to move to Wisconsin.
Right under her announcement in a comment appeared the following from Brian Gurnee:
“Just sold our house in McHenry, took less than it was worth just to GET OUT!
“I now live where the real estate tax is 10% of what I was paying and the school is rated higher.
“Look at the houses on Zillow for sale.
“Of the 330 (more or less) 130 are foreclosures.
“1/3 of the houses are foreclosures.
“This can only get worse.
“Republicans are not conservative, they are just Progressive Lights there.
“Get out while you can.”
I wish he had indicated what state he moved to.
A friend from church came back from Myrtle Beach to see what he could do about selling his home in Covered Bridge Trails (just north of Crystal Lake off the McHenry-Crystal Lake Blacktop).
He told of the biggest home in the subdivision, bought for $500-600,000 in 2008 had just sold for $239,000.
As I was distributing literature in the Crystal Lake part of my Algonquin 7 precinct, I found houses that were empty that had people in them last fall. (There was one that had been empty that now had a family living in it.)
It wasn’t that long ago that there were no empty houses in my neighborhood.
I visited with a man who had recently moved to Crystal Lake. Since doing do, he had lost his ob. He told me that he had been on three Downtown Chicago interviews and been turned down after he revealed he lived in McHenry County.
Would someone please give me a reason or two to be optimistic about McHenry County’s future?