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.