Cary Grade School District Holding Meeting to Explain Next Year’s Tax Levy

Tax districts are required to place “black border” ads in the paper to notify residents if they plan to increase their tax levies more than 5%. Cary Grade School District 26 is not increasing its levy 5% or more, but … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Planning Tax Cut for Next Year

Tonight is the monthly Algonquin Township Board meeting at the Township Hall. Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser cut his levy 5% last year. The last year that predecessor Bob Miller was in office, his levy was cut 3%. The first budget … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Looks at Andrew Gasser’s Case Against the Algonquin Township Board

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks: Algonquin Township Road District seeks Preliminary Injuction, Mandamus, Declaratory Judgment and other Relief against Algonquin Township BY KIRK ALLEN ON NOVEMBER 10, 2018 • ( 2 COMMENTS ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) – Summary of the Case: “Defendants illegally reduced the Algonquin … Continue reading

Six Years of No Increase in Tax Levy for McHenry County College, New Growth Has Brought Tax Share Down

Since the team of Karen Tirio, Chris Jenner, Ron Parrish and Tom Wilbeck were elected to the McHenry County College Board six years ago,  along with Molly Walsh, the MCC tax levy has remained constant. With new growth occurring, the … Continue reading

Two Days Before County Budget Rolllout and Bottom Line Still Missing

The McHenry County Board’s Finance Committee gathered for a long meeting on Tuesday, but a huge chunk of next year’s budget is still missing. What will the levy be? That’s the unanswered question. Committee members were told that a paper … Continue reading

Cutting County Taxes Without Cutting Spending: Use Savings

How is that possible, you ask? By taking money McHenry County has in the bank and spending it. That is apparently what McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks intends to do next year. Here is the relevant policy change passed … Continue reading

NWH Notes County Tax Cut Not 11.2%, But 9.5% Without Mentioning Jack Franks’ Name

A couple of Friends of McHenry Count Blog sent me a Northwest Herald article entitled, “Board’s 11.2-percent property tax cut drops to 9.5 percent” One commented, “Funny I don’t see a quote from Franks!?” The reporter wrote that after the … Continue reading

Bad Math at the Chicago Tribune and Northwest Herald

The Sunday before last, the Chicago Tribune’s main editorial had an error regarding the McHenry County tax levy cut this year. Here is the paragraph in the editorial about McHenry County: Did the Tribune depend upon a press release from … Continue reading

Lakewood Does Better at Permanent Tax Cutting Than County Government and Algonquin Township, But Half of Next Year’s Tax Cut Can Be Reinstated

Lakewood’s Village Board voted to cut next year’s property taxes by 10%, but half of the cut can be reinstated next year. Five percent was unanimously voted to be cut from the tax levy. That is a permanent cut equal … Continue reading

Former CL High School School Board Candidate Calls Out Board Members Who Beat Him

In an extensive article by former Northwest Herald Editor Dan McCabe, now working for the Illinois News Network under former NWH Managing Editor Chris Krug, McCabe sites the impending tax hike vote on the Crystal Lake High School District 155 … Continue reading

Tax Relief Mirage vs Tax Relief Reality

Last November, the all-Republican County Board refused to kill the Valley Hi tax levy. Having done so would have eliminated the tax. There is still time to do that or something milder suggested by new District 4 Board member Craig … Continue reading

Thanks to Four County Board Members

Former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster takes time to thank those County Board members who voted against raising the County’s tax levy: A belated, but nevertheless grateful “thank you” to Yvonne Barnes Andrew Gasser Jeff Thorsen Craig Wilcox for … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Board President Says County Tax Hike Wipes Out D26 Tax Cut

Posted under this article by Cary Elementary School Board President Scott Coffey: Between the audio of the meeting and some of these comments, I’m finding it difficult to find a factually correct statement. They’re either flat out wrong or exactly … Continue reading