BGA Makes Email Pitch for Support for Bill to Allow Voters to Abolish McHenry County Townships

Here it is: McHenry County Residents Should Be Allowed To Dissolve Their Townships A bill in the Illinois legislature would allow McHenry County residents to dissolve their townships. Government consolidation is a key priority for the BGA and the bill … Continue reading

Rauner Announces Treasury Department Approval of Opportunity Zones – One in NW McHenry County

A press release from Governor Bruce Runer: Gov. Rauner announces Opportunity Zones US Treasury certifies 327 Economic Opportunity Zones in Illinois CHICAGO (May 18, 2018) Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced that 327 Opportunity Zone census tract recommendations submitted by the … Continue reading

What Park Districts Did to 2018 McHenry County Property Tax Bills

There are not a lot of park districts in the United States. In fact, I know of none outside of Illinois. McHenry County has five. They tend to attract people who think recreation is the biggest “good” in government. They … Continue reading

Fire Protection Districts Effect of 2018 Property Taxes

Here are the statistics on how Fire Protection Districts had on McHenry County tax bills: Fire Protection Districts                           Alg-LITH FPD $7,821,097 $8,702,042 11.3%   $8,886,661 2.1% Barrington … Continue reading

McHenry County’s 2018 Real Estate Tax Bill Music Video

This summarizes McHenry County tax bills this year: McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller mailed property tax bills on Friday. They reached our mailbox Monday. McHenry County Blog will present some analysis, the first portion of which compares what categories of … Continue reading

BGA Supports McSweeney Abolish McHenry County Townships by Referendum Bill

Looking at an email from the Better Government Association, I found an endorsement of State Rep. David McSweeney’s House Bill 4637, of fifteen bills the organization is supported. The email describes the bill like this: HB 4637: Allows the board … Continue reading

Edgar County Watchdogs Coming to Crystal Lake Tuesday Night

McHenry County Libertarians will be holding their monthly meeting at the Rib House on Route 176  at the Crystal Lake Rib House, 540 E Terra Both Kirotta  (Route 176) on Tuesday night. Dinner, conversation and drinks will begin at 6:30. … Continue reading

Real Estate Tax Bills Coming Monday

McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller mailed property tax bills on Friday. Since they didn’t come Saturday, I’m guessing they will arrive in most mailboxes Monday. McHenry County Blog will present some analysis, the first portion of which compares what categories … Continue reading

Skinner Family Real Estate Tax Bill Increases 1/2 of 1% (Not the 4.6% I Thought When Decimal Misplaced)

I needed addition advice on how to find a copy of my family’s tax bill on the McHenry County Treasurer’s web site. The bill went from $9,988.26 last year to $10,033.66. That’s an increase of 0.46%. [Thanks to Alabama Shake for pointing … Continue reading

US EPA Removes McHenry County from Ozone Nonattainment List

Yesterday, the United State Environmental Protection Agency took McHenry County off its ozone nonattainment list. The US EPA didn’t put who counties on the list; just certain zip codes. As I remember the fight over state legislation requiring vehicle emission … Continue reading

2017 McHenry County Townships’ Taxes and Spending

In yesterday’s article showing expenditures and revenues for McHenry Townships, McHenry Township was omitted. 2017 data for all seventeen townships are shown below, this time the difference has been calculated. The source is the Illinois State Comptroller’s web site. … Continue reading

McSweeney’s Bill Is Not About Township Consolidation

Yesterday, the Northwest Herald article‘s headline and first sentence of a story by report Ed Komenda characterized State Rep. David McSweeny’s House Bill 4637 as having to do with consolidating townships. The bill, instead, is about allowing voters to abolish … Continue reading

McHenry County Townships’ Taxes and Spending

The Illinois State Comptroller has a data base contacting information about tax districts throughout Illinois. Today we look at expenditures and revenues for McHenry County’s seventeen townships. From looking at the above figures, one can see that some townships seem … Continue reading

Reick Criticizes “Short Debate” on McSweeney’s Township Abolition by Referendum Bill

The Illinois House has a rule which limits debate to two people on certain bills. It’s called “Short Debate.” Usually bills put on that agenda are non-controversial. The person speaking in favor of the measure is its sponsor. Then, the … Continue reading

Comparing the Number of Employees of McHenry County Townships

The Illinois State Comptroller has a data base contacting information about tax districts throughout Illinois. Looking at 2017 data from those for the seventeen townships in McHenry County, one finds the number of employees running from a low of 2 … Continue reading