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

Justification of Valley Hi’s $40 Million in the Bank

Peter Austin unveiled graphic results of Valley Hi Administrator Tom Annarella’s modeling efforts Tuesday. All versions assumed that the levy would be cut from $3 million to $2.250 million. The first version, seen below, shows the Valley Hi bank account … Continue reading

Liebmann Calls Out McCann & Smith on Vote against Cutting $40 Million+ Valley Hi Surplus

A press release from District 6 McHenry County Board candidate Kelly Liebmann: Kelly Liebmann addresses funding concerns to County Board District 6 County Board Candidate Pushes to Eliminate Valley Hi Tax Levy and Reduce $40 Million Excessive Reserve Fund Woodstock, … Continue reading

Finance Reverses Course, Cuts Valley Hi Levy by $750,000

What a difference five days makes. On Thursday, the members of the McHenry County Board’s Finance Committee voted 4-3 against lowering the $3 million Valley Hi Nursing Home levy by one penny. First-term member Chuck Wheeler, who was recently appointed … Continue reading

The Finance Fight over Valley Hi Taxes – Part 1

First, Mike Walkup, not a member of the Finance Committee, asked that the Valley Hi levy be split from the others for voting purposes. Pointing out that he had served on the nursing home’s Operating Board for two years, Walkup … Continue reading

Budget Back to Finance Committee

McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller has apparently decided not to put next year’s levy ordinance on the Board Agenda without a positive vote from the Finance and Audit Committee. As you can read exclusively here, the vote was 3-3 … Continue reading

Finance Committee Provides Dilemma for Gottemoller

The Finance Committee has laid a dilemma in McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller’s lap. The ordinance laying out the tax levy for county government was to be on the agenda of the next County Board meeting. It has to … Continue reading

School District 200 Budget Meeting

There were several  speakers during public comments period of the Woodstock School Board on Tuesday night. Most centered on the high property tax rate in Woodstock affecting seniors, low income renters, and driving home prices even lower. One speaker wondered … Continue reading

Conservation District Asking for Slightly Less

As I have been trying to get through to folks, something called the “tax extension” is what people (including reporters) should concentrate on. The extensions of all tax districts in McHenry County can be found on the McHenry County Clerk’s … Continue reading

CL Tax Levy Challenged – $1.6 Million at Stake

A number of local business have filed suit against the City of Crystal Lake claiming that its Council didn’t have enough people voting in favor of the ordinance it passed in December of 2013. The plaintiffs cite a state law … Continue reading