The Sunday before last, the Chicago Tribune’s main editorial had an error regarding the McHenry County tax levy cut this year.
Here is the paragraph in the editorial about McHenry County:
Did the Tribune depend upon a press release from Jack Franks?
Did the Tribune believe that the March referendum quesation starting that McHenry County government cut its tax levy by 11.2% was correct?
Did the Tribune editorial writers rely upon reporting by the Northwest Herald, which still says, without checking the facts, that the tax levy decreased 11.2 percent.
In last Friday’s email from the “News you can trust” Northwest Herald in a piece entitled, “Jack Franks talks budget,” reporter Ed Komenda quotes Franks thusly:
“We cut 11.2 percent last year,” he told the Northwest Herald.
Put accurately, that is a false statement.
Don’t just believe my assertion.
Do the research yourself.
Here is the 2016 tax levy document for tax bills collected in 2017:
Next, the official tax levy document from the McHenry County Clerk’s Office for the tax bills paid this year:
The Tribune Editorial says McHenry County cut its tax levy by by 11.2%.
Not true, regardless of what Jack Franks says.
The tax levy was down 9.55%
Above are the official documents for the taxes levied the year before last ($79,424,610.97) and last year ($71,839,750.75), the year Franks claims cut was 11.2%.
The cut was $7,584,750.75.
Divide that by $79,424,610.97 and one sees the cut was 9.55%.
Not 11.2% that Jack Franks continually claims.
Repeating a falsehood, even putting it on the ballot does not make it a truth.
The source documents are from the McHenry County Clerk’s web site:
- 2017 levy, collected this year: https://www.mchenrycountyil.gov/home/showdocument?id=84874
- 2016 levy, collected last year: https://www.mchenrycountyil.gov/home/showdocument?id=84874A
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The explanation above has been sent to the Chicago Tribune and two Northwest Herald Editors–Jon Styl and Hannah Prokop. It will be interesting to see if the false 11.2% tax cut assertion appears again.