County Government Aims to Capture New Growth

The inadequate language of the Property Tax Cap encourages tax districts to “balloon” levy. The Tax Cap, know as PTELL to the technocrats, has two parts. In the first, which is most widely known, tax districts like schools and county … Continue reading

MCC Board President Ron Parrish Seems to Have Deciding Vote on Flat Real Estate Tax Levy for Next Year

McHenry County College’s Board of Trustees discussed next year’s budget against last night at its Committee of the Whole meeting. Three members lined up on the side of keeping the tax levy flat next year. They are (in alphabetic order) … Continue reading

Questioning MCC’s Assumption that New Construction Will Be Up 3.29% for 2013

In my article about the McHenry County College Board’s discussion on the proper size of next year’s property tax levy, I mentioned that I had sent an email to MCC Public Information Officer Christina Haggerty, asking the basic question that … Continue reading

MCC Levy Talk, College Sticks to Assumption that New Growth Will Be 3.29%

McHenry County College’s Chief Financial Officer Bob Tenuta presented some spreadsheets showing what would happen if the Trustees decided not to ask for the additional $224,000 in property taxes that the Tax Cap law allows. That’s the amount that a … Continue reading

Fight in the Offing about Whether to Hike MCC Property Taxes or Keep Them Flat

McHenry County College taxpayers might get a break next year. After MCC Chief Financial Officer Bob Tenuta gave his report on next year’s budget, discussion indicated that several new Board members are thinking about asking for the same amount from … Continue reading

Average Property Tax Rates and Homeowners’ Bills in McHenry County

Since our American Revolution was stimulate by taxation, how about looking at the average McHenry County real estate tax rate calculations that Algonquin Township Assessor Bob Kunz has prepared.  They can be enlarged by clicking on their images. A second … Continue reading

Tryon Proves Suburban County Homeowners Ante Up More Than Chicago’s

I didn’t stop the newspapers when we went on vacation last month and am working my way though back issues. On June 16th, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown shared information virtually forbidden in Chicago-based media. What’s that? The fact that … Continue reading

Dave McSweeney Seeks to Force Flatlining of Township Taxes

State Rep. David McSweeney is proposing at amendment to Senate Bill 1937 that would prohibit township governments throughout Illinois from increasing the amount of money they extract from taxpayers’ pockets for the next two years. Unlike some legislators and local … Continue reading

Huntley Tea Party Holding Property Tax Meeting Wednesday in Algonquin

A press release from the Huntley Area Tea Party: Property Tax Action Group Addresses Huntley Area Tea Party over Lunch At Huntley Area Tea Party, May is “Action” month. We begin with a lunch gathering at 12:30 pm* on Wednesday, … Continue reading