CL Rural FPD – Unclear on the Process

The Crystal Lake Rural Fire Protection District has a “black box” ad in the Northwest Herald today. When a tax districts asks for more than 5% more than it received the year before, this newspaper revenue enhancer must be published. … Continue reading

Will Higher Assessments Lead to Higher Taxes?

Real estate assessments are being hiked by 8% in a lot of townships. That has to be scaring people who don’t understand the property tax system. There are two parts to the tax bill: the assessment the tax rate On … Continue reading

Village of Union Doesn’t Understand Tax Cap

Under the Property Tax Cap, a non-Home Rule Unit (think municipalities over 25,000 people like Chicago, Crystal Lake and McHenry, plus municipalities who have approved Home Rule by referendum vote lie Barrington Hills) may not raise its tax levy by … 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

Tax Cap Inflation Rate for 2017 Taxes Set at 7/10 of 1%

Earlier this month, the Illinois Department of Revenue showed in inflation increase was 8/10 of 1% for 2015. That indicated that non-Home Rule tax districts (schools being the most expensive) could not increase their tax take by more than 8/10 … 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

Low Inflation to Rescue Property Taxpayers in 2016

Thanks to The First Electric Newspaper for reminding me that it is that time of year when financial officials at tax districts find out how much more tax money they will be able to get in 2016. They already know … Continue reading

Five-Year Tax Hike for Schools 12.75%

Reader “Connecting Dots” inserted this property tax information in a comment under the article, “McSweeney Introduces Eleven Bills.” There are comments on more than one of the bills, but with regard to McSweeney’s House Bill 178 to freeze township extensions … Continue reading

McSweeney Introduces Eleven Bills

Sophomore State Rep. David McSweeney introduced eleven bills on the first day of the session. To say that it is an ambitious agenda is more than an understatement. You can take a look at them below: House Bill 173 – Repeals … Continue reading

Cary Grade School District Taxes to the Max

The Northwest Herald reported Friday that Cary Elementary School District 26’s Board decided to take from the property taxpayers next year every dime allowed by the Property Tax Cap. That’s an increase of 1.5% over what was extracted this year. … Continue reading

McHenry County Multiplier Increases Assessments 1.0243 for This Year’s Tax Bills, $1 Billion Assessment Loss Sends Tax Rates Soaring

Taxpayers may be making more of a fuss this year than previously. Maybe not. Tax districts are getting less than 2% more this year, when the Property Tax Cap allowed them to get 3%. So, some tax districts showed restraint … Continue reading

County Board Increases Balance One-Twelfth Pretty Much Gruaranteeing Taxing to the Max

You may remember my critique of the County Board’s budget limiting efforts. My May 30th article was entitled, “County Board Just Can’t Say, ‘No New Taxes.‘” The guts of the article was this table: Approximate 20 Year Effects of Not … Continue reading

McHenry County Republican Precinct Committeemen Have Chance to Exercise More Power Than Ever Before

An astute political observer noted that Republican Precinct Committee have more power being thrust in their hands at Saturday’s 9 AM meeting of the GOP Central Committee than they have ever had before. Indeed, in times past, Precinct Committee have … Continue reading

The Tax Cap Did Not Make Your Tax Bill Go Up, Tax District Officials Asking for More Money Did That

Under the heading of “Why your tax bills went up,” in Kevin Craver’s article on the issuance of Property Tax bills is a misstatement from the McHenry County Supervisor of Assessments. The Northwest Herald story says Robert Ross indicated, “The … Continue reading

Remembering the County Board Members Who Voted to Maximize Our Tax Increases

With tax bills having arrived, it seems appropriate to call attention again to those McHenry County Board members who recommended to tax us to the max: Who Voted to Raise Your County Taxes? The Board members voted “balloon” levy, that … Continue reading

Surges Rebuts McConnaughay “Hit Piece” on Property Tax Payments

A press release from Cliff Surges, who is running against Karen McConnaughay: REPUBLICAN CLIFF SURGES ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR PROPERTY TAX FREEZE LEGISLATION WHILE McCONNAUGHAY’S WEAK ATTACK ON SURGES MISSES THE MARK “Property Tax Freeze is what is important,” says Surges, … Continue reading