Comparing What Different Types of Tax Districts Did To Us This Year – Corrected Version

Comparing tax takes from last year to what will be requested this year, one finds the following. [Last night I entered a couple of wrong numbers.] … Continue reading

McConchie Wants to Give Credit to Governments That Cut Taxes

A press release from State Senator Dan McConchie: McConchie legislation would help taxpayers know when local governments cut their property tax bill Springfield, IL… State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) has sponsored practical transparency legislation that would clearly outline for taxpayers when … Continue reading

Jack Franks Signs His Tax Increase Resolution

Perhaps you remember the $80,000 real estate tax increase resolution. There have been 111 comments on the article, probably a record. Denial that taxes will increase because of the resolution were made. How can one believe that taxes weren’t hiked … Continue reading

School District 47 Plans on 5.6% Tax Hike Monday, 4.2%, If Planned Abatement Passes

With the backdrop of McHenry County residents being the 29th highest taxed county in the USA, Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 published a “Black Box” ad. Black Box ads, iniated by an advisory referendum that was part of Governor … Continue reading

Skillicorn Files First Bills, Both Focused on Real Estate Taxes

A press release from State Rep.-Elect Allen Skillicorn: Property Tax Deadline Inspires First Bills From Representative-Elect Allen Skillicorn Friday December 23rd, the day before Christmas Eve is the last day homeowners in Algonquin Township (parts of Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Lake … Continue reading

County Board Could Kill the Valley Hi Tax Tuesday Night

On September 8th, McHenry County Blog published the article below. Since then the County has reduced the proposed Valley Hi levy to $10,000, but shifting most of the originally proposed $2.75 million for Valley Hi to other line items. The … Continue reading

Tax Freeze Referendums Bracket High School District 155

There are three tax freeze referendums. Well, not exactly. They are actually advisory referendums in Lakewood, Fox River Grove and Cary. Lakewood’s asks, Shall each taxing body located partially or wholly within the corporate limits of the Village of Lakewood … Continue reading

Lying Jack Franks Makes an Even Bigger False Promise: “No More High Property Taxes in McHenry County”

Having fallen behind in sharing Lying Jack Franks‘ emails with you, I’m now trying to catch up. All of them have the scissors cutting through the home local promising to cut property taxes NOW 10%. That’s his bait and switch … Continue reading

Kathy Bergan Schmidt’s Taxing History

Former McHenry County Board member Kathy Bergan Schmidt was drafted to fill a slot on the fall ballot when Democratic Party County Board candidate Ken Smith died this fall. In November, 2008, Schmidt ran second in a three-way County Board … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Board President Tells How to Cut High Interest Debt

In a comment reply to Mark under this article: Cary Grade School Board Saves by Refinancing High Interest Bonds Cary Elementary School Board President Scott Coffey shares his Board’s strategy to save taxpayers money. You can read it below: The … Continue reading

Lying Jack Franks Continues Campaign to Deceive People into Thinking He Will Cut Their Tax Bills 10%

Take a look at McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Lying Jack Franks‘ latest email containing promoting his campaign, signed by Doris Hernandez and Miles Colvin. There is no mention of what newspaper editorial endorsements of Franks emphasize, that is, that Franks only … Continue reading

Tribune Endorses Franks, Tirio & Kenneally

On the Chicago Tribune’s web site are the following endorsements for McHenry County’s countywide offices: County Board Chairman – Jack Franks, Democrat Recorder of Deeds – Joe Tirio, Republican State’s Attorney – Patrick Kenneally, Republican The Tribune Editorial Board fell … Continue reading

Franks Finally Supports Walkup’s Effort to Kill Valley Hi Tax

The end of August I told you of Jack Franks’ answer to my question regarding whether the would support elimination of the property tax for Valley Hi: “I would probably support a zero levy at this point and if we … Continue reading