Call me the fact checker in the audience.
Most knew nothing of the intricacies of the McHenry County Budget.
I know a bit more.
And I know that Walkup has called for zeroing out the Valley Hi levy for the coming year as well, knowing full well that will eliminate Valley Hi’s taxing authority forever.
Now, it’s not Jack Franks’ duty to tell what his opponent has done to cut county taxes 4.6%, but he should tell the truth about county government’s tax levy.
The fact is that the county tax levy went down from $79 million to $76 million.
I present the evidence below. It is available to all on the County Clerk’s web site under “Taxes.”
First, click on “Tax Computation Report” for 2014. It’s right on top of the list of options.
And the first government whose property tax data is shown is McHenry County. You can see the relevant part below:
What you see above shows the real estate taxes we were asked to pay last year.
Next, click on “Tax Computation Report ALL” under the year 2015. For some reason, this is not right on top anymore.
Once you have found the series of reports, you will note that McHenry County government is again on top. Here is what you see on the left two-thirds of the page:
Let’s do some simple subtraction.
$79 million minus $76 million equals $3 million.
Having laid out the facts, now let me quote what Jack Franks said about the subject at his McHenry Town Hall Meeting.
“I’m going to be the one to cut the levy. They’ve never done that.”
If I were the Washington Post, I would give that statement Four Pinocchios.
How about you?