If You Want the County Board to Use the RTA Sales Tax Money to Replace Property Taxes…

With the McHenry County Transportation Committee having rejected a motion to take $5.7 million out of the RTA Sales Tax Fund, a reader asked if that meant real estate taxes would go down. The short answer is that it does … Continue reading

Effective Tax Rates in McHenry County

The only way to compare property tax burdens is to divide one’s property tax bill by the value of one’s home. That’s what the Chicago Tribune did in November of 2015. The effective tax rates found for McHenry County towns … Continue reading

Barrington Hills Tax Levy Decreased Under McLaughlin

A Barrington Hills resident took offense at former Village President Robert Abboud’s commentary on property taxes under his successor, Martin McLaughlin. McLaughlin is running for the Republican nomination for retiring State Senator Dan Duffy’s seat. Here are the results of … Continue reading

WL School District Capitulates to Tax Protesters, $123,000 Being Refunded

St. Charles attorney Tim Dwyer asked property owners associations and businesses on the eastern side of Wonder Lake if they would like to join in protesting excessive taxation by the Harrison Grade School District. Those that took up his offer … Continue reading

Mike Walkup Calls for 50% County Tax Cut, Offers Strategy to Do So

A press release from McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup: Walkup Calls for 50% Tax Cut County Board Member MICHAEL J. WALKUP, representing McHenry County Board District 3, has called for a Special Meeting of the County Board to … Continue reading

Serwatka Pledges Salary to Fight Property Tax Hikes

There are three reasons people run for office, the Field Director for the Republican National Committee told a campaign management school held in Jacksonville in about 1968, mid-way through my term as McHenry County Treasurer. He helped us to remember … Continue reading

Sivertsen Comments on Fabrik Subsidy Request

McHenry Grade School District 15 Board member Erik Sivertsen commented recently on the subsidy that Fabrik requested.  It follows: The [property tax] abatement proposal was on the agenda for one of the D15 meetings. The committee that had placed it there, … Continue reading

County Board Set to Shift Real Estate Taxes from Businesses to Homes

That’s part of the “McHenry County Board 2016 Action Plan.” The specific language is way down in the document: Formalize Economic Development Incentive Plan Goal: Work with MCEDC [McHenry County Economic Development Corporation] to identify and develop incentive programs to … Continue reading

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