What a difference five days makes.
On Thursday, the members of the McHenry County Board’s Finance Committee voted 4-3 against lowering the $3 million Valley Hi Nursing Home levy by one penny.
First-term member Chuck Wheeler, who was recently appointed to the Valley Hi Operating Board moved to cut it by $750,000.
When the roll was called, Nick Provenzano and Yvonne Barnes joined him.
The other four members, Committee Chairman Mike Skala, former Committee Chairwoman Mary McCann, Jim Heisler and Larry Smith voted against the motion, killing it.
I got more than a clue that the wind direction was changing on the Valley Hi levy Monday night when Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller expressed surprise that the motion had not passed.
That was outside the GOP interview room where those desiring to be appointed to rest of Metra Board member Ken Koehler’s seat presented their credentials.
I didn’t make it to the 5:30 meeting on Tuesday where the Finance Committee was reassembled in an attempt to get a majority to put the budget and levy ordinances on 30-day review, but was told that the substance of Wheeler’s motion was advanced, this time with Provenzano making the motion and Barnes seconding it.
The vote this time around was 5-2.
Heisler and Smith switched from “No” to “Yes.”
Skala and McCann, both up for election, continued to oppose cutting the $3 million levy by one cent, despite the over $40 million sitting in bank accounts and the $10-11 million operating budget pretty much breaking even.
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More tomorrow about what happened at the County Board meeting which started at 7.
Previous articles on the Valley Hi Nursing Home levy:
- Finance Committee Provides Dilemma for Gottemoller
- Budget Back to Finance Committee
- The Finance Fight over Valley Hi Taxes – Part 1
- Finance Committee Fight over Valley Hi Taxes – Part 2
- Walkup Says Valley Hi Levy Will Surface at Tues. Night Meeting
- Valley Hi’s Financial Future
If you would like to call or email your county board members to express your views on whether they should levy the $3 millions or not, you can find their phone numbers and email addresses here.