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

$2.75 Million Request for Valley HI Surfaces, Even Though $42 Million in Bank

This morning, the McHenry County Board’s Public Health and Human Services Committee considered a recommending that property owners be taxed $2.75 million for the Valley Hi Nursing Home next year. That’s the amount in the budget document considered and passed … Continue reading

Serwatka Hoping for Drive By Petition Signers

Seeking still more petition signatures to put his advisory referendum on the ballot, Lakewood Village Trustee is again setting up show in the village park across from the Turnberry Country Club. Here’s the question he wants on the ballot: Here’s … Continue reading

CL High School District 155 Board Saves Taxpayers $758,000 a Year…Forever

Ran into Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board President Ted Wagner and he told me something I did not know before. The High School Board “left $758,000 on the table.” Those were his words. What’s that mean? It means … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Gets Tax Protest Christmas Present

The City of Crystal Lake won the tax protest case which argued that a majority of the city council was necessary to pass its taxing ordinance. At stake was $1.6 million in property taxes. Reversing McHenry County Circuit Judge Michael … Continue reading

Lakewood’s Erin Smith’s Winter Letter

Here is the winter quarterly letter Lakewood Village President sent her constituents: From the President Dear Neighbors: On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we want to extend our very best wishes for a joyous holiday season to each of … Continue reading

County Eliminates $3 Million Valley Hi Tax

The all-Republican McHenry County Board  Tuesday night voted unanimously to cut the tax levy for the Valley Hi Nursing Home to zero. The significant amendment did not even require a roll call, as County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller called for … Continue reading

MCC Board Members in Their Role as “Trustees”

Lakewood bond analyst and public policy commentator Steve Willson reflected on the McHenry County College Board’s upcoming decision of whether to increase or decrease taxes. (Board members can do either. (By taking all the money allowed under the Real Estate … Continue reading