Here’s what the McHenry County Legislative Committee will be considering Friday:
McHenry County 2016 Legislative Priorities
Township Assessor Consolidation
McHenry County supports an objective cost-benefit analysis of township assessor consolidation. If the cost-benefit analysis identifies opportunities to reduce the size and cost of local government, then the county supports an amendment to the Township Code to allow the County Board and/or the voters of a township to vote to consolidate all offices of the township assessor in the county with the county assessor. This could add cost efficiencies and promote uniformity of assessments.
McHenry County supports the Lt. Governor’s Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Task Force in creating legislation to effectively consolidate township governments. Taxpayers should be held harmless from a tax increase in the year after township consolidation. The 126 square mile cap on township size should be removed so voters have the option to form larger, single townships.
Property Tax Payer Protection
PTELL Flexibility McHenry County would like flexibility with regard to the voter approved levy for the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. The County would like to preserve some allowable levy while seeking legislation that protects McHenry County taxpayers by allowing the County to take the levy when and if is necessary.
Senior Service Levy Flexibility
McHenry County would like to use funds from the Senior Service Levy to pay costs associated with administering the Senior Services Grant Program. The County proposes to use no more than 1.5% of the fund for administrative costs.
Tort Fund Flexibility
McHenry County would like the flexibility to use the tort fund to pay for costs incurred by government entities established by the County, including the Workforce Network, and Veterans Assistance Commission.
Recognition that Workforce Networks are a County Department
Workforce Networks are essential for building partnerships with and responding to the needs of local employers. Workforce staff provide services such as job training, job search assistance, career assistance, career advising, case management and business services to County residents and employers. The County proposes legislation to acknowledge Workforce Networks as County departments.
Workers’ Compensation Reform
McHenry County supports proposed reforms to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation system primarily with regards to causation, definition of a traveling employee and allowing the utilization of American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines or ratings as a sole determinant of permanent partial disability awards. These reforms will create greater balance in the Illinois Workers’ Compensation system and make Illinois a more competitive and job-friendly state.
Juror Pay Reform
Recent legislation mandates higher pay for juror services. The law requires the County pay jurors $25 for the first day of service and $50 for each additional day. While the legislation reduces the total number of jurors, juror pay increases are estimated to add over $220,000 annual costs to the budget. McHenry County supports legislative reform to reduce the burden of juror pay to counties.
Support for Human Services
McHenry County recognizes the value of human service programs to the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. Cuts to funding for human services would adversely affect the quality of life for our residents. The County will continue to supports human services that provide timely and effective care for residents of need.
McHenry County supports continued dialogue and examination of the Prevailing Wage Law, including the consideration of minimum thresholds for the requirement of Prevailing Wage on the construction and maintenance contracts