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

What Township Government Did To 2018 Real Estate Tax Bills

Here are the comparisons for taxes collected in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for McHenry County’s seventeen townships. In all, the townships cut the amount being taken out of our checkbooks by 3%. Each township has the cost of highway departments … 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

Franks Replies to School Superintendents’ Counteroffer to Meeting Request

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog published the press release McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks released about his invitation to nine school superintendents and board presidents to meet with him on Thursday. The superintendents said a number had scheduling conflicts, but … Continue reading

School Superintendent’s Reply to Jack Franks’ Command Performance, aka, Publicity Pop

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks posted the following press release after it was published in the Northwest Herald. Franks asked for a meeting right after property tax bills would be received. Problem with that is Franks would have had … 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

Tax Bills in Mail Friday, Curious Can Find Totals Online Now

McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller will put property tax bills in the mail on Friday. If you can stand the suspense, you can got to the Treasurer’s web site find the total amount you will be charged. Here is the … Continue reading

$37 Million in Prepaid Property Taxes Ready for Distribution to Tax Districts

In her presentation to the Nunda Township Republican Party last month, McHenry County Treasurer, a candidate for re-election, spoke of the money prepaid by taxpayers in really cold weather in the hope of avoiding Federal income taxes. “I have $37 … Continue reading

Strategy for Taking Control of School Boards Back from the Teachers’ Union

Commenter Swampbuggy offers this sage advice for how to cut property taxes: Right now the Teacher’s Union has discovered that you can run teachers for the school boards and then call all the parents and union members to come out … Continue reading

McSweeney Working to Defeat Rauner-Madigan Teacher Pension Shift to Local Property Taxpayers

State Rep. David McSweeney took up the fight to prevent the enactment of the shift of burden for teacher pensions from state taxpayers to local real estate tax payers. He has introduced House Resolution 27, which “States the opinion of … Continue reading