New, Free Property Info Tool for McHenry County

A press release from McHenry County: McHenry County introduces new, free “Online Property Inquiry” tool to County website The new, free “Online Property Inquiry” tool provides the public with an easy-to-use mechanism to access property parcel and tax information. This one-stop shop … 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

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

Another D200 Taxpayer Writes

On June 16th McHenry County Blog turned a comment about the overpowering property tax burden in Woodstock’s Unit School District 200 into an article. This week another commenter, named Eva, shares the two cents she contemplates having left after paying … Continue reading

Rauner’s Real Estate Tax Freeze Proposal

It will be interesting to see how House Republicans who attacked State Rep. Jack Franks’ proposed “property tax freeze” will react when they discover that Govenror Bruce Rauner’s takes the same approach. (Read the language of Franks’ House Bill 695 … Continue reading

Ken Koehler Doesn’t Like Being Reminded of Ginormous Valley Hi Surplus

Let’s say you’re running a local governmental entity that is an enterprise fund. In other words, it’s supposed to break even. It’s supposed to bring in enough money in taxes and fees to prevent its needing a subsidy from another … Continue reading

McSweeney Reaffirms Opposition to Shifting Teacher Pension Burden to Property Tax

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: McSweeney Says Supreme Court Pension Decision Means Opposition to Cost Shift Needed More Than Ever‎ Cary, IL… In response to the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the state’s pension reform … 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

Coral Township Rezoning Sought

Kristin Ottolino of the Citizens Alert Social Media Network sends the following urging people to attend a Zoning Hearing at the McHenry County Administrative Building in Woodstock on Thursday, April 8th from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM. To All Concerned … Continue reading