Fire Protection Districts Are McHenry County’s Tax Increase Leaders

McHenry County Levy Increases Outpace Municipalities In a previous McHenry County Blog articles Comparing McHenry County Property Tax 2002 Versus 2016 it was discovered that while the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased 33.8% from 2002 to 2016, most McHenry … Continue reading

Comparing Township Road District Property Taxes 2002 Versus 2016-Part 6

48.37% Average Increase in Road & Bridge Funds Today McHenry County Blog is revealing numbers for Township Road Districts. In summary from 2002 to 2016: The Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased by 33.8%. County Population increased by 10.55%. County … Continue reading

McHenry Township to Vote on Consolidation

Special Meeting Called for Tuesday. McHenry Township Board will be given a second opportunity to vote on whether to put road district consolidation referendum question on the ballot this November after a special meeting was called. McHenry County Republican Chairwoman … Continue reading

Proof of Reduction in Costs with Township Road District Elimination is Goal of Legislation Filed by Rep. Steve Reick

From the Rep. Steve Reick’s Office: Rep. Reick Files Legislation to Require Cost Study to Ensure Township Road District Consolidations Save Money Taxpayers and elected leaders seek consolidation because they want lower taxes. I fully support consolidation that results in … Continue reading

Ersel Schuster Defends State Rep. Steve Reick’s Bill Requiring Cost-Benefit Study Before a Township’s Highway Commissioners Abolished

From McHenry County Board candidate Ersel Schuster: Taxpayer to Taxpayer After reading the “thumbs down” opinion (12/23/17 NW Herald), it would be difficult to conclude this is nothing more than a calculated put-down of Rep. Reich’s amendment HB 4160, an … Continue reading

Reick Steps into Township Efficiency Issue

Posted by State Rep. Steve Reick: Rep. Steve Reick Files Legislation to Require Cost Study to Ensure Township Road District Consolidations Save Money State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) is hoping to infuse some common sense into the discussion of township … Continue reading

Could Idle Gravel Trucks Be Used to Plow Roads?

McHenry’s Ned Neumann offers the following commentary in a Northwest Herald letter to the editor. It is published with permission of its author. Consider outsourcing township plowing If there are great savings to be had in the operation of township … Continue reading

Bill Passes Giving Township Trustees Power to Set Township Road District Abolition or Consolidation Votes

A press release from Lt. Governor Evelyn anguinetti: Township Road & Bridge District consolidation bill sent to Governor CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti applauds the passage of a bill to allow township trustees to initiate referendums to consolidate township road … Continue reading

Referendum Effort to Merge Two DuPage County Township Road Districts

Consolidation of township road functions is taking a new twist in DuPage County. According to the Naperville Sun, a judge is being asked to putA  the following question on the spring ballot: Shall the Naperville Road District and the Lisle … Continue reading

Pledging Allegiance to Township Government & Using Public Office for Political Purposes

The McHenry County Township Highway Commissioners Association, Robert J. Miller, President, sent a letter to County Board members asking questions and containing a “Pledge of Local Government Support.” In addition, there is a questionnaire asking for name address township whether … Continue reading

Five-Year Tax Hike for Schools 12.75%

Reader “Connecting Dots” inserted this property tax information in a comment under the article, “McSweeney Introduces Eleven Bills.” There are comments on more than one of the bills, but with regard to McSweeney’s House Bill 178 to freeze township extensions … Continue reading