School District 200 Budget Meeting

There were several  speakers during public comments period of the Woodstock School Board on Tuesday night. Most centered on the high property tax rate in Woodstock affecting seniors, low income renters, and driving home prices even lower. One speaker wondered … Continue reading

Reader Compares Althoff-Tryon Tax Hike Bill to Horse Race

Reader Susan’s mind is really occupied with Senate Bill 3341, the legislation successfully sponsored by State Senators Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay in the upper house and State Representative Mike Tryon in the lower house. Here is her comparison of … 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

McHenry County Townships’ Population & Voter Stats

After reading about State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to freeze the amount of money that the Town Funds of township government can get for one year, a friend of McHenry County Blog did some research on population and voting information … Continue reading

Larry Emery Thinks Budget Presentation Put at End of MCC Agenda on Purpose

With a play on words from the Mickey Mouse Club, Algonquin Township Trustee and Republican Precinct Committeeman Larry Emery writes of waiting 3 and a half hours to head the budget proposed for next year at McHenry County College’s Board … Continue reading

Taxes and Administrative Salaries on Tap for McHenry County College Board Meeting Thursday Night

The McHenry County College Board will meet in its regular monthly meeting Thursday evening at 6:30. There will be budget discussions which will revolve around whether the Board should ask for a flat levy next year, which would lower property … 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

Municipalities Cut Tax Take! Fire Protection Districts Cut Even More! Libraries, Sanitary Districts Flat

Real estate tax bills being sent out in McHenry County this year will total $783,689,437.41 this spring. That compares with $773,325,977.50 a year ago. That’s an increase of 1.34%, which those with good memories will recall is less than the … Continue reading

Senate Sponsor of Jack Franks’ Property Tax Cap Bill Says It’s “Dead on Arrival”

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog noted that State Rep. Jack Franks’ bill was “headline” bill, that is one, that was put up to garner local press, but never intended to be enacted. In fact, I quoted a state legislator close to … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Tax Cap Firework

That’s “firework.” Singular. In order to give cover to House Democrats who voted to hike state income taxes by 67%, House Speaker Mike Madigan is going to allow Jack Franks to have the spotlight one day this week. One bill. … Continue reading