McHenry County Refuses to Cite State Statute That Would Allow $100 Rebate to Some Homeowners for Past Valley Hi Overtaxation

A Freedom of information request was made of McHenry County government for statutory authorization to send $100 checks to all homeowners, except those who do not claim Homestead Exemptions. Here is the disingenuous reply: McHenry County Administration is in receipt … Continue reading

Further Critique of Jack Franks’ Plan to Send $100 Checks to Most, But Not All, Homeowners

The $100 checks, said to be refunds of part of the almost $40 million surplus built up by past County Boards after the nursing home building bonds were paid off under the “If we don’t take it, we’ll lose it … Continue reading

County Board Could Kill the Valley Hi Tax Tuesday Night

On September 8th, McHenry County Blog published the article below. Since then the County has reduced the proposed Valley Hi levy to $10,000, but shifting most of the originally proposed $2.75 million for Valley Hi to other line items. The … Continue reading

$2.75 Million Request for Valley HI Surfaces, Even Though $42 Million in Bank

This morning, the McHenry County Board’s Public Health and Human Services Committee considered a recommending that property owners be taxed $2.75 million for the Valley Hi Nursing Home next year. That’s the amount in the budget document considered and passed … Continue reading

Franks Leads with 10% Property Tax Cut Promise

In an email blasted out by Jack Franks for his County Board Chairmanship campaign, He promises to cut county government’s property tax levy by 10% the first day he is in office. That would be during the first week of December, if … Continue reading

More Thoughts on Valley Hi’s over $41 Million Bank Balance

Susan Handelsman, who regularly attends the Valley Hi Nursing Home’s Operating Board meetings, left the following long comment under my story about the consultant’s report last week. I think it will add to the discussion of what to do with … Continue reading

State’s Attorney Says Money Can’t Be Transferred from Valley Hi to General Fund

Here’s a memo to Mike Walkup, Joe Gottemoller and Peter Austin addressing the proposal of Walkup to transfer $37 million from the Valley Hi Fund to the General Fund in order to cut county government’s tax take by 50% for … Continue reading