Lack of Equity in Valley Hi Surplus Rebate Explained

From commenter “Mark:”

An example of a business unfriendly act in McHenry County, which includes all of Crystal Lake, follows.

McHenry County is where in 2019 the County Board Chair, Democrat Jack Franks, lead an initiative to provide property tax rebates to residential property owners in the County, but not non residential property taxpayers.

The act intentionally discriminated against non residential McHenry County property taxpayers, costing them money.

A more equitable solution would be to further pay down pension and bond debt, which would reduce interest payments and be helpful for all property taxpayers, not just residential property taxpayers.

Or to allow non residential property taxpayers to apply for the rebate too.

Why would McHenry County shaft non residential property taxpayers?

Was that fair to non residential property taxpayers?


There were 52,858 residential property taxpayers who applied for the rebate by the July 31, 2019 deadline.

How many residential property taxpayers missed out on the rebate by not applying or qualifying for the rebate?

Zero non residential property taxpayers applied for the rebate on their property, as they were not eligible for the rebate.


Here were the 3 criteria for the residential property tax rebate:

1. Did you own a residential property in McHenry County on April 16, 2019?

2. Was this property owner-occupied with a homestead exemption on April 16, 2019?

3. Were the 2017 property taxes (payable in 2018) paid in full?


How many non residential property taxpayers did not qualify for the rebate?



McHenry County residential property taxpayers might think this is a great idea in the short run, but of course some of them want jobs, and what message did that discriminatory act send to job creators?

It could only hurt, not help, in the decision making process to open a new business in McHenry County, relocate a business in McHenry County, or maintain a business in McHenry County.


To pour salt on the wound for non residential property taxpayers, the County Board Chair has said repeatedly that McHenry County has high property taxes, and had a campaign pledge in 2016 to lower property taxes 10%.

Now it comes out that he does not treat all property taxpayers equally.

Excluding the Valley Hi property tax rebates from non residential property taxpayers resulted in those property taxes not being eligible to further lower their property taxes.


Lack of Equity in Valley Hi Surplus Rebate Explained — 5 Comments

  1. The County does not officially call the rebate, a property tax rebate.


    This from the link in the article.


    “I paid my taxes to the County for many years, but now I am not eligible for the rebate.

    How is this fair?”


    “The Valley Hi Rebate program is not a rebate of property taxes.

    Rather, it is a disbursement of surplus funds from any source, and there are several other sources of revenue that led to the accumulation of funds for Valley Hi.

    Illinois State Statutes provide only one way in which McHenry County can legally disburse surplus revenues and this law stipulates that the disbursement goes to the current owner if other eligibility requirements are met.

    Since the program was enacted on April 16, 2019, the owner of the property at that time is defined as the current owner.”


    That raises many issues including, what are the other sources of revenue?

    How about a list.

    If so, is it legal or ethical to divert those revenue sources to local residential property taxpayers, thus circumventing the intended purpose of the revenues?


    State statute allows a County to discriminate against non residential property taxpayers by rebating a portion of non residential property taxes to residential property taxpayers?

    That’s a great way to attract jobs to Illinois.

  2. Hard to figure out the logic to the manner in which this was done.

    Paying down pension & bond debt would make more sense fiscally, but that won’t get many (if any) votes for Jacko.

    It’s anyone’s guess as to exactly what motivated him, but in the end you may be assured that somehow it maximized the benefit to Jack Franks.

  3. If one understands exponential function, there is nothing that will stop nor fix the pension and bond debt in Illinois other than full and complete bankruptcy, so please stop this ridiculous line of reasoning.

  4. Jack o Franks, our anti-Christian paragon of hype, homosexual special rights and nanny state diktats.

    All hail Our Dear Leader who knows all, sees all and tools about in an auto registered to a Madison shill.

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