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

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

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

Rural Woodstock Tax Analysis

A friend of McHenry County Blog offers this analysis of Woodstock’s rural tax rates: These are the past 4 years of tax rates; that is, the percentage taken of 1/3 of the assessed fair market value of taxpayers’ homes. Tax … Continue reading

Scott Curry Argued Against Higher McHenry Taxes

Back in November, Scott Curry was thinking about running for McHenry Alderman in Ward 4. Here’s what he said when he addressed the Finance and Personnel Committee on November 3rd: Thank you for allowing me to speak this evening. As you … 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

Franks Aims Legislative Arrows at Property Taxpayers

On the first day of his third set of three-year terms, Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks introduced four bill that could be merchandised to homeowners in a General Election four years from now. Seems to me it is in … 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

Real Estate Tax Burden Shift for Seniors

Senior citizens who are eligible for the senior citizen assessment freeze got a surprise last year. Their tax bills went up. That’s because other people’s assessments went down. It’s called “burden shift.” The tax burden was shifted from non-seniors to … Continue reading

Will Lower Assessments Lead to Lower Taxes?

The Illinois real estate assessment system bases one’s share of the total bill on the value of one’s property (unless one has farm land). A short history of how we got where we are. The 1870 Constitution required that real … Continue reading

Comparing This Year’s Fire Protection Taxes with Last Year’s

Below the total tax requests from Fire Protection Districts in McHenry County for last year are compared to the ones which will be reflected in the real estate tax bills about to arrive in people’s mailboxes: The Barrington Countryside Fire … Continue reading

Most Township Boards Ask for Less or Same Amount of Taxes as Last Year

Townships are a much maligned form of local government. Today we show you how much McHenry County’s seventeen townships will extract from pocketbooks this year compared to last year. Extensions are the amount of taxes which are billed.  The tax … Continue reading

McHenry County Tax Take Up by 1.5% or $12 Million

Last year McHenry County real estate taxpayers were billed $797,419,250.88. This year the McHenry County Clerk’s Office has determined that bills amounting to $809,385,180.76 will be issued. That’s a dollar increase of $11,965,930, a percentage increase of 1.5%. The Property … Continue reading

Taxpayers Urged to Attend Wed. Night Richmond Township Meeting

The following came from a friend of McHenry County Blog in Richmond: Of course, Richmond Township is not the only township setting the amount of taxes it will collect next year. Taxpayers who do not want that part of their … Continue reading