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

No Financial Diet for McHenry County Next Year + The Tax Levy Game

There is widespread misunderstanding about the tax process. Today, we won’t look at the assessment part. Instead we will examine what tax districts do to pry more money out of our pockets. News stories talk about levies this time of … Continue reading

Grafton Township Supervisor Offers Chance for Internet Input on Next Year’s Tax Bill

A press release from Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore: Residents of Grafton Township now have the ability to show the members of the township board how they would cast their vote regarding the township tax levies for the Township and … Continue reading

Township Officials Oppose Tax Diversion, Limitation

The lobbying arm of Illinois Township Officials is urging local members to call their legislators to ask them to oppose two bills. One takes money from a state subsidy that should have been phased out decades ago. It looks like … Continue reading

Gaffney Seeks to Limit Local Government’s Taxing Authority When Assessments Decrease

Newly-appointed State Rep. Kent Gaffney sends this press release: Gaffney wants tax relief for homeowners Property tax bills should reflect declining home values Wauconda, IL… In response to increasing property tax bills in the collar counties, State Representative Kent Gaffney … Continue reading

How Real Estate Tax Rates Are Set – Tax Levies, Extensions and the Tax Cap

A comment from Allen Skillicorn to my article on the Sun City overlapping tax district inequities prompted an explanation of how tax rates are set by county clerks.   Here is Skillicorn’s comment: With a 1 yr average, I assume … Continue reading

No Surprise to Tax Hiking Goal of McHenry County College

When I saw that “Election Workshop” item on the agenda of the special meeting of the McHenry County Board for Tuesday, I called and asked the President’s Office what was up. The woman I talked to did not know. I … Continue reading