School District 47 Plans on 5.6% Tax Hike Monday, 4.2%, If Planned Abatement Passes

With the backdrop of McHenry County residents being the 29th highest taxed county in the USA, Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 published a “Black Box” ad. Black Box ads, iniated by an advisory referendum that was part of Governor … Continue reading

Democrats on the Crystal Lake Grade School Board

If you live in McHenry County Board District 3 or have read Democrat Diane Johnson’s campaign literature, you know she was on the Crystal Lake District 47 Elementary School Board for 18 years. I post this because there are commenters … Continue reading

Mike Walkup Campaigns for District 3 Seat, Compares Tax Cut Leadership on County Board with Tax Hiking Democratic Opponents

As Jack Franks’ anti-Mike Walkup mailing was being delivered, a positive piece from opponent Mike Walkup was also hitting mailboxes from Crystal Lake to McHenry. It did not mention Franks, Walkup’s opponent for the McHenry County Board Chairmanship. It touted … Continue reading

Cary Grade School District 26 Prepares for Little State Aid

The following was written by Cary Elementary School Board President Scott Coffey under the article about the high effective tax rates paid in McHenry County, compared to the rest of the Chicago Metropolitan Area: Regarding General State Aid for Chicago … Continue reading

Tryon Reports

The end of session report from State Rep. Mike Tryon: New FY17 Spending Bills will Enable Full K-12 School Operations for Entire School Year SB 2047. Some elements of the package appropriated money so that it could be legally used … Continue reading

Looking at My Lakewood Tax Bill

McHenry County property tax bills went in the mail last Friday. Most will probably receive them today. If you don’t or if yours is sent to your mortgage house, you can find your bill here.  Just type in your name … Continue reading

Comparing School Tax Totals – 2015 and 2016 Collections

Schools are the tax districts that take most money in every part of McHenry County. Below is a comparison of what was levied last year for collection this year and what was asked for the year before. Thanks again to … Continue reading

Dems Would Take 50% of State Aid to Education from CL Grade School

From GOP State Rep. candidate Allen Skillicorn: Skillicorn Opposes Manar’s School Takeaway Background facts & figures: School District  FY 15 Disbursements  Change with SB 231 Compared to Disbursements  % Change 300  $      32,265,103.31  $       (2,383,447.01) -7.4% 155  $      10,624,580.88  $       … Continue reading

McHenry County Schools Asking for 1.23% More This Year

Below you can see what McHenry County school districts will be asking to extract from your checking or escrow accounts this year. You will note that all of them put together are requesting 1.23% more, although the rate of inflation … Continue reading

Looking at More School Debt Information

Taken from bond documents by bond analyst Steve Willson is the following information: … Continue reading

Replay: School Consolidation Would Cost Taxpayers Plenty Copy

In the “Here we go again” category is consolidation of schools. Just as with township consolidation, I ask, “Where’s the beef?” Show me the money that school consolidation would bring. Don’t just assert that consolidation of school will save money. … Continue reading

Citizen Vetter Attends Second CL Grade School Meeting

Newly election Republican Precinct Committeeman from a mainly northern Four Colonies precinct reports on attending his seconde Crystal Lake Grade School Board meeting: So, I attended my second D47 School Board Meeting on March 22nd. The meeting started off with a … Continue reading

Mike Walkup Hits Nancy Gonsiorek in District 3 County Board Race for Hiking Taxes while on Grade School Board

McHenry County Board member Mike Walkup is not only running in the at-large election for McHenry County Board Chairman, but he also is seeking to retain his District 3 seat. That’s so he can vote on the County Board. The … Continue reading

Tax Protest Suit against McHenry County, Harrison School, CL Grade & High School, plus Alg & McH Townships

Four tax districts in McHenry County are targeted in a tax protest suit filed by attorney Timothy Dwyer on behalf of WKS CRYSTAL Lake, LLC, ET AL. McHenry County is accused of having excessive funds on hand for the Valley Hi Nursing … Continue reading

CL Chamber Hosts Tax District Officials – Part 2

At Thursday morning’s Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce governmental forum, there was a question and answer session. There was a well-researched question asking about what tax districts were doing about duplication of services: “From 2009 through 2012, Countywide Equalized Assessed … Continue reading

CL Chamber Hosts Tax District Officials – Part 1

The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce held its first Town Hall meeting Thursday morning. It was the usual time for such meetings, set so business people can attend before business hours. This time the public was allowed to come.  There … Continue reading

Chance to Ask Big Taxers Why

At last night’s meeting of the Lakewood Village Board, residents were masses in support and opposition of the creation of a Special Service Area tax district that would collect a maximum of 15 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for … Continue reading