Kathy Bergan Schmidt’s Taxing History

Kathy Bergan Schmidt

Kathy Bergan Schmidt

Former McHenry County Board member Kathy Bergan Schmidt was drafted to fill a slot on the fall ballot when Democratic Party County Board candidate Ken Smith died this fall.

In November, 2008, Schmidt ran second in a three-way County Board race against Mary Donner and Nick Provenzano.  Provenzano was the odd man out, so to speak.  Not until the last weekend did he and Donner run a joint campaign.  It consisted only of joint signs at polling places.

Joint sign for Mary Donner and Nick Provenzano for county board showed up for the first time the night before the election around polling places.

Joint sign for Mary Donner and Nick Provenzano for county board showed up for the first time the night before the election around polling places.

The results were as follows:

  1. Mary Donner – 10,728 votes
  2. Kathy Bergan Schmidt – 9,530 votes
  3. Nick Provenzano – 9,236 votes

Below are the results in terms of percentages:

  1. 36.37% – Donner
  2. 32.31%  – Schmidt
  3. 31.31% – Provenzano

Since she served on the McHenry County Board for four years before losing a re-election bid in 2012, I decided to look at property tax levy votes in the Board minutes.

You can see how Schmidt voted on real estate taxes in the McHenry County Board minute excerpts below:

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The vote on the McHenry County property tax levy for the year December, 2009 through 2010.

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The vote on McHenry County government’s real estate tax levy for December 2010 through November 2011.

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The vote on McHenry County government’s real estate tax levy for December 2011 through November 2012.  This was the first year in which an attempt was made to not take the increase in the Consumer Price Index which the Property Tax Cap allows.  The vote tied 11-11 and tie votes fail.  Schmidt voted to take the inflationary increase.

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The vote on McHenry County government’s real estate tax levy for December 2013 through November 2014.

  • Property tax levy for Dec. 2008-09 = $73,924,869.76 (year before those elected in 2008 took office)
  • Property tax levy for Dec. 2009-10 = $75,326,326.42
  • Property tax levy for Dec. 2010-11 = $77,808,547.59
  • Property tax levy for Dec. 2011-12 = $78,810,315.46
  • Property tax levy for Dec. 2012-13 = $78,535,191.18

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