MCC Board Members in Their Role as “Trustees”

Lakewood bond analyst and public policy commentator Steve Willson reflected on the McHenry County College Board’s upcoming decision of whether to increase or decrease taxes. (Board members can do either. (By taking all the money allowed under the Real Estate … Continue reading

County Board’s Legislative Goals Unveiled, Sales Tax Hike Included

McHenry County Board Legislative Committee members will discuss the County’s legislative wish list for the incoming General Assembly on Friday morning at 8:15..  (The draft is here.) Some, but not all of the proposals are reproduced below: Top request is … Continue reading

Grafton Urged to Tax to the Max Tonight or “Lose It Forever”

Grafton Township Clerk Kathryn Francis is doing something that I wish all governmental bodies would do. She is posting draft minutes to be considered at the next meeting. For Grafton Township, that is tonight, Monday, December 15th, at 7:30 PM … Continue reading

By 5-2 Vote McHenry Grade School Board Taxes to the Max

Add McHenry Elementary School District 15 to that list of tax districts planning to take as much money out of local taxpayers’ pockets as state law allows. The legal publication for the public hearing about the proposed levy said the … Continue reading

Two Tax Cap Busting Referendums on the Ballot

Should have caught this sooner. The Village of Bull Valley and the River East Public Library District are asking voter permission to bump their tax rates way up. Look at the ballot question in Bull Valley first: Bull Valley is … 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

County Legislative Committee Considering Tax Cap Modification

You may remember that McHenry County Blog revealed that the County’s nursing home, Valley Hi, has $35 million in the bank.  That’s as of the end of November, 2013. Now, it’s $36 million. A lot of that is clearly surplus … Continue reading

Valley Hi Surplus Discussed by Public Health Committee

Today I went to the 8:30 AM meeting of the McHenry County Board’s Public Health Committee. Lots of interesting information surfaced as budgets from various departments were outlined. During the public comment time, I asked for an explanation of the … 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

Information from MCCD about Tax Cap, Building Repair Problems

More information being provided to the County Board’s Legislative and Audit Committee 8:30 AM April 10th meeting about the McHenry County Conservation District’s attempt to obtain more taxing power through the bills that State Senator Pam Althoff has introduced is … Continue reading

It’s Tax Levy Time and the Taxpayers Are Hiding from and Being Left Out in the Cold

There are plenty of articles in the Northwest Herald about tax levies this time of year. Let me give a short course in how to report what’s going on. Headlines have read, “[X tax district] holds levy constant.” What does … Continue reading

MCC Trustees Vote for Flat Budget

By a 4-3 vote, the newly-elected McHenry County College Board members, plus the man they elected Board President, outvoted the longer term Trustees. “If we don’t vote to approve [the lower] alternative budget, we have lost the chance to give … 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