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

412 Vets with 70% or More Disability Exempt from Real Estate Taxes This Year

A bill took effect last year which allowed Veterans who are 70% or more disabled, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to be exempt from property taxes. McHenry County Supervisor of Assessments Robert Ross explains, “In 2015 there … Continue reading

Franks’ “I’ll Cut Your Property Tax” Pitch from 18 Years Ago

In 1998, when Jack Franks had dark hair, he wrote a long op-ed piece for the Northwest Herald for October 26th, right before the fall election when he beat appointed incumbent Mike Brown. The paper spread it across its entire … Continue reading

Richard Naponelli Donates $8,000 to CL Library Tax Hike Advisory Referendum Campaign

Richard Naponelli of 5612 Meadowbrook Lane in unincorporated Crystal Lake has written a check to the Crystal Lake Library YES Committee for $8,000. That’s enough for a mass mailing to Crystal Lake voters. The Committee is seeking favorable votes on … Continue reading

Taxpayers Protest at McHenry County Treasurer’s Office

Having served as McHenry County Treasurer as a child (1966-70), it bothers me a bit that taxpayers are not protesting at school board meetings or signing up to run for school board, where most tax dollars end up once they … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Big Bait & Switch

It was a dark and stormy night for State Rep. Jack Franks’ first Town Hall Meeting. A hundred or so folks showed up, a number long-time supporters. Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley, who has served as Republican Party Vice Chairman … Continue reading

Two Promises Jack Franks Won’t Keep

Readers already are aware of two promises that State Rep. Jack Franks did not keep. McHenry County Blog first revealed his term limit pledge on October 30, 2013, complete with Northwest Herald articles and two personal testimonies from 1998 Jack … Continue reading

Walkup Calls for Abolition of Valley Hi Tax

During the public comment period before the McHenry County Finance and Audit Committee Thursday morning, Republican McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup called for the abolition of the Valley Hi tax. Walkup led the fight last year to zero … Continue reading

$2.75 Million Request for Valley HI Surfaces, Even Though $42 Million in Bank

This morning, the McHenry County Board’s Public Health and Human Services Committee considered a recommending that property owners be taxed $2.75 million for the Valley Hi Nursing Home next year. That’s the amount in the budget document considered and passed … Continue reading

Alg-LITH Fire Protection District Goes for Tax Hike Second Time

Here’s the question that will be on the fall ballot: ALGONQUIN-LAKE IN THE HILLS FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT Shall the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, Kane and McHenry Counties, Illinois, be authorized to levy a new tax for emergency … Continue reading