Franks Attends Valley Hi Meeting, Probably His First

Perhaps the best manager working for McHenry County is Valley Hi Administrator Tom Annarella. The Northwest Herald has an article today about scabies at the nursing home. It was stimulated by County Board Chairman candidate Jack Franks the Northwest Herald … Continue reading

Minutes of the Valley Hi Consultant’s Presentation

These draft minutes offer another version of the outside consultant’s presentation to the Valley Hi Operating Board last week:  McHenry County Blog’s take can be found here. WIPFLI Market Analysis Presentation and Discussion – Mike Edwin Mr. Annarella introduced Mike … Continue reading

Valley Hi Consultant’s Report

Have to say I was disappointed with the Wipfli LLP Market Study Report presented at the joint meeting of the Valley Hi Operating Committee and Public Health and Human Services Committee. From the hour or so presentation and discussion I … Continue reading

Valley Hi Surplus in Play at Finance Committee Meeting Thursday Morning?

Listed on the agenda of the McHenry County Board’s Finance and Audit Committee for Thursday, March 31st at 8:15 AM is the following under Old Business: Discussion: Capital Plan Finance Options There has been talk of borrowing from the huge … Continue reading

The Argument for Not Killing the Valley Hi Tax

Found this in the Valley Hi Operating Board minutes for December 2nd: Tax Levy Abatement and Potential Long Term Impact [Tom] Annarella provided the Board with Valley Hi’s official position document that was shared with staff following the County Board’s vote … Continue reading

Finance Reverses Course, Cuts Valley Hi Levy by $750,000

What a difference five days makes. On Thursday, the members of the McHenry County Board’s Finance Committee voted 4-3 against lowering the $3 million Valley Hi Nursing Home levy by one penny. First-term member Chuck Wheeler, who was recently appointed … Continue reading

Finance Committee Fight over Valley Hi Taxes – Part 2

At this point Barnes weighed in. “That’s concerns me,”  she said. “You don’t solve that $20 million problem by [lowering the levy]. “I disagree,” Barnes replied. “If you’re going to be thinking about another facility,” Walkup said, “I think that … Continue reading

The Finance Fight over Valley Hi Taxes – Part 1

First, Mike Walkup, not a member of the Finance Committee, asked that the Valley Hi levy be split from the others for voting purposes. Pointing out that he had served on the nursing home’s Operating Board for two years, Walkup … Continue reading

Budget Back to Finance Committee

McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller has apparently decided not to put next year’s levy ordinance on the Board Agenda without a positive vote from the Finance and Audit Committee. As you can read exclusively here, the vote was 3-3 … Continue reading

Finance Committee Provides Dilemma for Gottemoller

The Finance Committee has laid a dilemma in McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller’s lap. The ordinance laying out the tax levy for county government was to be on the agenda of the next County Board meeting. It has to … Continue reading

Most Think County Board Should Tax Less for Nursing Home – 42% Say No Tax

McHenry County has a nursing home called Valley Hi. It has a huge surplus. Over $40 million.  ($40.8 million at the end of July; $37.8 million at the end of August, 2014.) The annual budget is $10-11 million and the … Continue reading