McHenry County College Board members will be subjected to another at least twenty minute pitch from finance guy Bob Tenuta on Tuesday as to why the Board should ask for as much money as they are allowed to get.
Under the Property Tax Cap, the college is limited to getting 1.5% more from the existing tax base than was received last year. The Board can also go for new growth, but would have to estimate the amount of new construction.
Tenuta and President Vicky Smith are presumably hopeful that the replacement of tax hawk Tom Wilbeck with former MCC Foundation President Mike Smith opens the way to switch a Board vote from 4-3 for a level levy to 4-3 for a maximum levy.
All three newly-elected members, plus Board President Ron Parrish voted to hold the line on taxes last year.
Holdovers Cynthia Kisser, Linda Lidell and Mary Miller supported taking as much as state law allowed.
The agenda for Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting allocates twenty minutes for Tenuta for “discussion on the tax levy.”
My guess is that pitch will be pretty close to that of last year:
If the college does not ask the maximum amount allowed by law it will lose it “forever.”
Of course, the converse is also true.
The taxpayers will save it “forever.”
The MCC Board meeting starts at 6:30.