Andrew Gasser held is Property Tax State of Emergency Tax Forum last Friday to an overflow crowd at Panera Bread in Fox River Grove.
The room filled up quickly and at points during the meeting the group overflowed outside of the room.
Gasser had a prepared power point presentation in which he lead a guided discussion over how property taxes work in Illinois.
The town hall had people attending from Fox River Grove, Cary, Crystal Lake, and Barrington Hills.
In addition to topics and problems faced by new board members and trustees, other topics covered were Effective Tax Rate (ETR), Estimated Assessed Value (EAV), and where you could look up your tax bill online.
There were several other elected officials in attendance:
- Bob Miller – Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner
- Larry Emery – Algonquin Township Trustee
- Scott Coffey – Cary School Board
- Jennifer Curtis – Village of Fox River Grove Trustee
While Gasser did not discuss his campaign for Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Bob Miller did make an announcement that he would be cutting his levy by 10 percent in 2017 and 2018 to a round of applause.
One person did ask Miller why he was cutting taxes now; however, the answer was not clear cut.
At the end of the meeting Gasser did remind the audience that McHenry County pays the 29th highest property taxes in the United States.
He then “climbed on his soap box” and told people to “control what they could control”.
“You cannot control what happens in Washington DC, Springfield, or even Chicago… but you can control who you vote for when it comes to local elections,” Gasser said.
Specifically, he talked about holding local elected officials accountable for their votes and spending habits and encouraged all to start attending meetings that they were passionate about.
Gasser did not say if he would have another meeting but after the success of this meeting it would make sense if he continued to do this about Algonquin Township and McHenry County.