McHenry County Board Members May Have Signaled Intention to “Tax to the Max” Again

Getting as much money out of taxpayers is pretty much the goal of every tax district official, from school board member to township trustee. To do that, boards need to ask for more than the increase in the Cost of … Continue reading

McHenry County College Asked for 10% Tax Hike This Year

Dateline April 17, 2012. Finance and Negotiations Committee, McHenry County College. Trustees Dennis Adams, Ron Parrish, Carol Larson present, Barbara Walters absent. President Vicky Smith and Chief Financial Officer Larry West. The minutes tell of West explaining that “the College … 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

School District 300 Shows Its Taxeater Side in Opposing “Anti-Education” Tax Cap Limit

A press release from Carpentersville School District 300 [I have inserted some comments in brackets.] is below: D300 opposes Tax Cap Bill as “anti-public service” On Feb. 21, Senate Bill 2073 passed the Illinois House of Representatives including an amendment … 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 Bill Passes House – Roll Call of SB 2073 & Email Addresses of Local Tax District Officials whose Lobbyists Tried to Kill the Bill and Will Do So Again in the Senate

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) has reversed the House defeat of his bill to prevent local tax districts from raising the tax take when assessed valuation is not growing…regardless of the increase in the … Continue reading

Jack Franks Hits a Taxeater Nerve

It was the late 1960′s or early 1970′s when I heard or read State Rep. CL McCormick of Vienna coin the word “taxeater.” I think it was when WBBM was running an evening Illinois House session live. I admit to … Continue reading

Franks’ Tax Cap Bill Shot Down, Roll Call on HB 3793

A press release from State Rep. Kent Gaffney reveals that State Rep. Jack Franks’ bill to rein in the taxeaters when down in flames today in the Illinois House. So much for my predictive ability from 200 miles away. I … Continue reading