District 6 McHenry County Board candidate Orville Brettman sent out a message on a hard to comprehend portion of the property tax process.
He targeted the concept of abatement.
When tax districts like McHenry County say they are cutting next year’s tax bill, they don’t tell people whether it is a one-time affair or a permanent tax cut.
If it is a one-time tax cut, it’s called an abatement.
That means the year after the cut, the tax levy (amount we are asked to pay) can jump right back up to where it was before.
The McHenry County Board did that for the tax bills we paid last year.
The year before, led by Mike Walkup, the Valley Hi Nursing Home tax was abated.
The next year, however, fourteen of the all-Republican County Board made sure every dime possible was collected.
[See article with who voted how and lots of background links here.]
Here is Brettman’s take: