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

County Board Could Kill the Valley Hi Tax Tuesday Night

On September 8th, McHenry County Blog published the article below. Since then the County has reduced the proposed Valley Hi levy to $10,000, but shifting most of the originally proposed $2.75 million for Valley Hi to other line items. The … Continue reading

Kathy Bergan Schmidt’s Taxing History

Former McHenry County Board member Kathy Bergan Schmidt was drafted to fill a slot on the fall ballot when Democratic Party County Board candidate Ken Smith died this fall. In November, 2008, Schmidt ran second in a three-way County Board … Continue reading

Cary School Board President Asks Jack Franks, “Where’s the Plan?”

The following comment from Cary School Board President Scott Coffey is too insightful not to share further than the comment section of McHenry County Blog: County Board Has No Control Over Spending by Any Other Tax District  Cary Grade School … Continue reading

Franks Almost Agrees with Walkup that Valley Hi Tax Should Be Abolished

At his second Town Hall Meeting, held at the Eastgate Library in Algonquin, State Rep. Jack Franks was asked whether he favored a zero levy, knowing that it would eliminate the tax for Valley Hi forever. Franks, running for the … Continue reading

Yvonne Barnes Gets Special Finance Committee Meeting on Valley Hi Finances

At the beginning of Thursday’s McHenry County Finance and Audit Committee McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup called for the abolition of the property tax levied for the Valley Hi Nursing Home. He pointed out that the nursing home … Continue reading

Walkup Calls for Abolition of Valley Hi Tax

During the public comment period before the McHenry County Finance and Audit Committee Thursday morning, Republican McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup called for the abolition of the Valley Hi tax. Walkup led the fight last year to zero … Continue reading