Taxes for Schools, This Year & Last Year

Since schools comprise the bulk of property tax dollars, I thought some might be interested in seeing how they changed from last year to this year. Although the percentage change column is labeled “% Change + of -” the first … Continue reading

Another Fiscal Conservative Headed to McHenry Grade School Board

It appears fiscal conservative Betty Davis has managed to unseat incumbent McHenry Elementary School Board member Paul Santoparde.  (Paul Santopadre is wearing the off-white sweater on the right, between Pat Miller in the blue shirt and Amanda Geyer in green.) … Continue reading

Betty Davis Lays Out Ideas in Her McHenry Grade School District Election Quest

A press release from McHenry Grade School Board candidate Betty Davis: Betty Davis Challenges Incumbents in the Upcoming April 7th Election Betty Davis remarked that she was compelled to run for school board, after seeing the look of dismay on the … Continue reading

By 5-2 Vote McHenry Grade School Board Taxes to the Max

Add McHenry Elementary School District 15 to that list of tax districts planning to take as much money out of local taxpayers’ pockets as state law allows. The legal publication for the public hearing about the proposed levy said the … Continue reading

McHenry Grade School Board Going for 8.74% Budget Hike, Taxing to the Max

Since the Property Tax Cap limits non-Home Rule tax districts to a 1.5% inflationary increase for next year’s total tax take, plus new construction, it is difficult to understand why McHenry’s Grade School Board is asking for 8.74%. The difference … Continue reading

Those Interested Enough in Running for School Board to Pick Up Petitions

Petitions for school boards are being handed out by the McHenry County Clerk’s Office this year. Those getting them have an opportunity to sign their names and put other information on a legal pad. You see the results from earlier … Continue reading

It’s Tax Levy Time and the Taxpayers Are Hiding from and Being Left Out in the Cold

There are plenty of articles in the Northwest Herald about tax levies this time of year. Let me give a short course in how to report what’s going on. Headlines have read, “[X tax district] holds levy constant.” What does … Continue reading

An Invitation to Fight Taxes in the McHenry Grade School District

The following email has arrived from McHenry Elementary District School Board member John O’Neill: At the McHenry School District #15 Board of Education meeting held Tuesday, November 13th at Landmark School in McHenry we voted on publishing the “Notice of … Continue reading

Highlights of the Teacher Contract from McHenry Grade School District 15

Here’s the summary for McHenry Elementary School District #15 new Five-Year Teacher’s Contract: Compensation changes for the life of the contract include the following; New compensation increase = 0.47% Investment in professional learning communities = 2.20% Total compensation increase = … Continue reading