County Board Votes to Keep Valley Hi Taxing Authority

Republicans on the McHenry County Board had the opportunity to get rid of the Valley Hi Nursing Home tax, but decided not to.

Monday the Valley Hi Fund had $41,183,130.81 in the bank.

The annual budget for the enterprise fund is about $11 million.

The entire County property tax levy for taxes paid this year was $86 million.

To eliminate the tax, the County Board would have had to levy nothing for Valley Hi for two years in a row.

Last year, Mike Walkup led the successful November fight to eliminate the $3 million slated to be levied for the nursing home.

Instead of zero, County Board Republicans voted to charge taxpayers $10,000.

By not zeroing out the tax for a second year in a row, they saved the taxing authority, approved by voter referendum in 2002.

Only two County Board members–Mike Wallkup and Chris Christensen–voted for elimination of Valley Hi tax.

The following voted to keep the tax:

  • Michele Aavang
  • Yvonne Barnes
  • Sue Drafkorn
  • Diane Evertsen
  • Andrew Gasser
  • Joe Gottemoller
  • John Hammerand
  • Jim Heisler
  • Tina Hill
  • John Jung
  • Don Kopsell
  • Donna Kurtz
  • Bob Martens
  • Mary McCann
  • Robert Nowak
  • Michael Rein
  • Carolyn Schofield
  • Mike Skala
  • Larry Smith
  • Jeff Thorsen
  • Chuck Wheeler

Anna May Miller did not attend the meeting.


County Board Votes to Keep Valley Hi Taxing Authority — 5 Comments

  1. This was a no brainer.

    I see many more people moving after this fiasco.

  2. Please don’t call them Republicans as they are nothing of the sort.

    I hope that Franks shakes things up a bit for the better.

    Too much power for either party equals no accountability and a lose-lose for the hardworking taxpayers struggling to get by.

  3. My Dist #1 Andrew and reformer pals voted for this?

    Wow on the double take.

    I’ll be waiting for the excuse to not cut taxes, Andrew!!!!

  4. Well, I suppose Chistensen and Walkup PARTIALLY redeemed themselves over their other recent Valley Hi vote!

    Valley Hi ought to be abolished ….it’s where the local politicians stash their relatives and cronies on the taxpayers’ dime.

    A GREAT deal for them … a terrible scam on the taxpaying peons …. the number of whom shrink every damn year as they flee Madiganistan, leaving the remaining productive taxpayer-citizens with an even heavier load!

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