Every so often, it seems useful to share measurements of assessment quality among McHenry County Townships.
These are basically measures of the work of township assessors, although the quality of their work can be increased or decreased by changes made by the McHenry County Supervisor of Assessments and the Board of (Assessment) Review.
The measure of quality I have focused on since the lat 1960’s has been the “coefficient of dispersion.”
Put in human talk, that is the “margin of error.”
You will note that the lowest margin of error in 2014 was found in Grafton Township.
The 11% margin of error, while high, is significantly lower than the 18% countywide average.
What would a 10% margin of error mean?
Let’s use a sales tax analogy.
If the sales tax were 5% (and I remember those days in Illinois) and there were three shoppers buying $100 worth of goods,
- one shopper would pay $4.50
- one shopper would pay $5
- one shopper would pay $5.50
There would be an equal chance of any of those results.
Naturally, if the shopper paying right on the money ($5) and the shopped paying too much ($5.50) knew of the $4.5 shopper, there would be consternation at the check-out line.
Consider then, the results if the average margin of error were 20%, instead of 10%.
The County’s average is 18%, brought down by Grafton Township’s 11% margin of error.
Assessments is all but Algonquin and Richmond Townships are just as likely to be
- 20% too high as
- just right as
- 20% too low.
So, using the 5% sales tax on $100 purchases again,
- one shopper would pay $4
- the second would pay $5
- the third would pay $6
This should give you an idea what some people are so disturbed at the property tax.
It is not just that tax districts have generally taken as much as is allowed by state law.
It is that there is inequity anywhere one wants to look.
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Current Assessors are
- Alden Township – Constance Jones
- Algonquin Township – Robert Kunz
- Burton Township -Jessica Huber
- Chemung Township – Doug Hawthorne
- Coral Township – Rich Kaszniak
- Dorr Township – Veronica A Myers
- Dunham Township – Geri Alten
- Grafton Township – Alan Zielinski
- Greenwood Township – Karen D. Roth
- Hartland Township – Mike Crouse
- Hebron Township – Tracie VonBergen
- Marengo Township – Jon Klick
- McHenry Township – Mary Mahady
- Nunda Township – Mark Dzemske
- Richmond Township – Patricia O’Neill
- Riley Township – Tammy Benitez
- Seneca Township – Paul Bockman