The following report is from McHenry Alderman Scott Curry, sent Monday, December 5th:
Just wanted to let you know that McHenry City Council voted tonight to reduce our property tax levy by 3%!
A flat tax levy was proposed earlier to the Finance Committee and subsequently to full Council at the last meeting and at tonight’s public hearing.
Even though this was the first time that staff had come forward, unbidden, with a flat levy, I argued at all three meetings for reducing the levy instead of simply maintaining a flat levy.
At tonight’s meeting, I argued for a 3% reduction to the levy.
Comments from resident Craig Wilcox, Aldermen Vic Santi and Andy Glab added to the support.
Subsequently, the flat levy failed for lack of a second to the motion by Alderman Peterson.
I then proposed a 3% reduction in the levy which received a second and passed on a 4 to 1 vote (2 absences). The only no vote was from Alderman [Robert] Peterson.
The surprise was Alderman Geri Condon voting for the reduced levy after arguing against it (indicating she could support no more than a 1% reduction) and after voting against past flat levy’s.
Bottom line is that the City of McHenry will have a 3% reduced property tax levy for next year.
The tax payers are the winners!