What You Can Do to Stop Higher School Taxes TODAY

Woodstock resident Susan Handlesman offers the following good advice of how you might influence Governor Bruce Rauner to veto a bill that is, if signed, is bound to increase local school taxes: Contact Rauner: Stop schools’ tax cap evasion loophole, … Continue reading

NWH Poll Has 65% Saying County Board Should Not Widen Randall Road

No way to know if the Northwest Herald’s poll on Wednesday is representative or not–or even how many people took part, but the results were not the pro-rapid growth forces in McHenry County would have wanted. The question was Should … 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

Rauner Discussing Property Taxes in Springfield

Here’s part of what Governor Bruce Rauner is doing today: What: Governor Holds Roundtable to Discuss Lowering Property Taxes and Reforming Illinois with Taxpayers Where: Wiley Office Furniture, 301 E. Laurel St., Springfield Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016 Time: 10:30 … Continue reading

Reader Challenges Jack Franks on Property Tax Relief

Yesterday, I quoted Jack Franks from an interview on WLS done by “Big” John Howell. One of the reasons Franks gave for running for the Chairmanship of the McHenry County Board was to “…really work on property tax relief…” A … Continue reading

Looking at My Lakewood Tax Bill

McHenry County property tax bills went in the mail last Friday. Most will probably receive them today. If you don’t or if yours is sent to your mortgage house, you can find your bill here.  Just type in your name … Continue reading

Comparing School Tax Totals – 2015 and 2016 Collections

Schools are the tax districts that take most money in every part of McHenry County. Below is a comparison of what was levied last year for collection this year and what was asked for the year before. Thanks again to … Continue reading

Tax Time for Park Districts

Here’s the property tax record for park districts in McHenry County. Parks in Fox River Grove, Harvard, McHenry, Woodstock, etc., are not provided by park districts. Where there is not a park district, generally municipalities finance them out of their … Continue reading

Libraries Taxing Action

Here’s what local libraries did to taxpayers last year and what can be expected when tax bills arrive this month:  Libraries INCR / DECR INCR / DECR 2015 – 2014 2014 – 2013 IN TOTAL TAX IN TOTAL TAX BARRINGTON … Continue reading

What Happened to Township Taxes?

Here is what is happening to taxpayers as a whole: Township  Inc/Decrease  2015-2014 in Total Tax Inc/Decrease 2014-2013 in Total Tax HARTLAND $95.24 ($518.43) ALDEN $1,484.21 ($2,923.60) DUNHAM $877.76 ($10,905.30) HEBRON $4,219.09 ($5,118.21) RILEY ($2,678.90) ($1,172.12) SENECA ($6,000.31) ($4,000.73) GRAFTON … Continue reading

Tax Takes for Cities and Villages

Below is what cities and villages in McHenry County did to property taxpayers last year and what can be expected this year: City or village INCR / DECR INCR / DECR 2015 – 2014 2014 – 2013 IN TOTAL TAX … Continue reading

Which Types of Tax Districts Taking More, Which Less

Ups and downs. That describes what McHenry County taxpayers will see in this year’s real estate tax bills. As reported Saturday, county government provided significant savings by zeroing out last year’s $3 million Valley Hi Nursing Home tax levy.  (If … Continue reading