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

Minutes of the Valley Hi Consultant’s Presentation

These draft minutes offer another version of the outside consultant’s presentation to the Valley Hi Operating Board last week:  McHenry County Blog’s take can be found here. WIPFLI Market Analysis Presentation and Discussion – Mike Edwin Mr. Annarella introduced Mike … Continue reading

More Thoughts on Valley Hi’s over $41 Million Bank Balance

Susan Handelsman, who regularly attends the Valley Hi Nursing Home’s Operating Board meetings, left the following long comment under my story about the consultant’s report last week. I think it will add to the discussion of what to do with … 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

Most Think County Board Should Tax Less for Nursing Home – 42% Say No Tax

McHenry County has a nursing home called Valley Hi. It has a huge surplus. Over $40 million.  ($40.8 million at the end of July; $37.8 million at the end of August, 2014.) The annual budget is $10-11 million and the … Continue reading

Appointments for Valley Hi & Housing Authority

Here are the appointments to Valley Hi and the Public Health Board being recommended for approval at Tuesday’s meeting: For the Valley Hi Operating Board: James P. Kennedy Lynn M. Ryan Ingrid A. Dreimann Kennedy is a former Democratic Party … Continue reading

County Legislative Committee Considering Tax Cap Modification

You may remember that McHenry County Blog revealed that the County’s nursing home, Valley Hi, has $35 million in the bank.  That’s as of the end of November, 2013. Now, it’s $36 million. A lot of that is clearly surplus … Continue reading

Valley Hi Surplus Discussed by Public Health Committee

Today I went to the 8:30 AM meeting of the McHenry County Board’s Public Health Committee. Lots of interesting information surfaced as budgets from various departments were outlined. During the public comment time, I asked for an explanation of the … Continue reading