Village of Union Doesn’t Understand Tax Cap

Under the Property Tax Cap, a non-Home Rule Unit (think municipalities over 25,000 people like Chicago, Crystal Lake and McHenry, plus municipalities who have approved Home Rule by referendum vote lie Barrington Hills) may not raise its tax levy by … Continue reading

Comparing Township Costs & Surpluses

A friend of McHenry County Blog ran these figures on McHenry County Townships: Comparison of McHenry Township Finances Township Fund Balance to Revenue Per Capita Expenditures Per Household Expenditures Alden 124.7% 266 747 Algonquin 72.8% 44 124 Burton 176.7% 59 … Continue reading

What Happened to Township Taxes?

Here is what is happening to taxpayers as a whole: Township  Inc/Decrease  2015-2014 in Total Tax Inc/Decrease 2014-2013 in Total Tax HARTLAND $95.24 ($518.43) ALDEN $1,484.21 ($2,923.60) DUNHAM $877.76 ($10,905.30) HEBRON $4,219.09 ($5,118.21) RILEY ($2,678.90) ($1,172.12) SENECA ($6,000.31) ($4,000.73) GRAFTON … Continue reading

Ten Townships’ Welfare Costs

Found this comparison of Township General Assistant handed out and accompanying administrative costs. You don’t have to guess that it came from Bob Anderson … Continue reading

Gottemoller Appoints Township Consolidation Committee

McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller has appointed three County Board members and two township officials to a committee to consider township consolidation. Chairing the committee will be Crystal Laker Carolyn Schofield. The other two County Board members are Michele … Continue reading

Roads Cared for By Township Highway Commissioners

In an attempt to get people thinking about the proposal to combine townships, look at the number of miles of road each Township Road Commissioner maintains: In addition, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller writes that he offers assistance to … Continue reading

A Benefit of Consolidating Township Governments

Back in the 1970’s, Algonquin Township Assessor Forrest Hare computerized his office, probably the first to do so in the State of Illinois. He also took an interest in how assessment could be made more accurate. Hare looked at measures … Continue reading

Call for Opposition to Coral Township Rezoning

Kristin Ottolino of the Citizens Alert Social Media Network sends the following email concerning the Coral Township zoning request by the Fraternite of Notre Dame: To All Concerned McHenry County Citizens, I apologize, but on the last email regarding where … Continue reading

ZBA Hearing on Coral Township Convent Rezoning Packed

This story has been bumped up because an Friend of McHenry County Blog has sent what was observed at the meeting.  The observations are in italics. Attended the zoning meeting on 4/9/2015 arriving at 2:15 pm until approx. 4:15 pm. … Continue reading

Coral Township Rezoning Sought

Kristin Ottolino of the Citizens Alert Social Media Network sends the following urging people to attend a Zoning Hearing at the McHenry County Administrative Building in Woodstock on Thursday, April 8th from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM. To All Concerned … Continue reading

Coral Township Trustee Criticizes Loosening of Horse Racing Zoning

Coral Township Trustee Laurie Cisneros addressed the McHenry County Board last week on the loosening of zoning restrictions on horse racing in the proposed Unified Development Ordinance. She said she did not live that near the race track that has … Continue reading

Most Township Boards Ask for Less or Same Amount of Taxes as Last Year

Townships are a much maligned form of local government. Today we show you how much McHenry County’s seventeen townships will extract from pocketbooks this year compared to last year. Extensions are the amount of taxes which are billed.  The tax … Continue reading

51% of McHenry County Precincts Have No GOP Candidates for Republican Precinct Committeeman

As I start formatting this information from the McHenry County Clerk’s Office about who filed for Republican Precinct Committeeman in what parts of the county, my first impression is that “No candidate filed” will control the GOP Central Committee after … Continue reading

BGA Goes After Township Government – Road Costs

A couple of weeks ago news media unloaded the latest attack on township government. They were working from a Better Government Association report. Most of the attention was aimed at Cook County townships. That’s where most of the land is … Continue reading

Former Huntley School Board President Announces for County Board in District 6

There are four spots to fill in each County Board districts. Because of reapportionment all County Board members must run for election to retain their posts. In District 6, the most rural in McHenry County, incumbent Randy Donley has announced … Continue reading

McHenry County’s Township Road Costs

Today let’s look at the cost of maintaining township roads. As you can see, the cost varies a lot,. So do the number of miles of roads for which the various township road commissioners are responsible for maintaining. The townships … Continue reading

How Much Do McHenry County’s Township Governments Cost?

Today McHenry County Blog looks at the cost of township government in McHenry County. The cost per person is the column that I find most interesting.  Below you will see them listed from lowest cost to highest cost for the … Continue reading

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Feldkamp Murdered at Home Next to Coral Woods

Harmony Real Estate owner Jack Feldkamp and his wife were knifed to death in their home about 8 o’clock last night. After the Marengo Rescue Squad answered the call, the case was turned over to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department. … Continue reading