Skinner Family Real Estate Tax Bill Increases 1/2 of 1% (Not the 4.6% I Thought When Decimal Misplaced)

Jack Franks’ campaign promise to “Cut Property Taxes NOW 10%” didn’t seem to make it to my part of Lakewood.

I needed addition advice on how to find a copy of my family’s tax bill on the McHenry County Treasurer’s web site.

The bill went from $9,988.26 last year to $10,033.66.

That’s an increase of 0.46%. [Thanks to Alabama Shake for pointing out my mistaken decimal point.]

Not what people were led to believe by Jack Franks’ Cut 10 campaign for County Board Chairman.

McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller advised, “When you are on your parcel..on the right there is a link to view ‘Tax Bill’….that is where the two year comparison is displayed.”

And, sure enough, there it was.

The comparison with last year’s amounts owed can be seen below:

Even the bottles of water Jack Franks passed out had the lying Cut 10 sticker affixed.

First note that the bill increased even though most people looking at Jack Franks’ campaign for McHenry County Board Chairman thought his message was “Cut Property Taxes NOW 10%.”

The County tax take did decrease, but, as close observers know, it can be jacked right back up by the County Board. The County Board didn’t even cut that part of last year’s bill that finally paid off bonds.

The McHenry County Conservation District tax bill, also controlled by the County Board, did not go down.  It increased.

My McHenry County College bill went up, even though its Board voted for a flat levy.

That’s making me think my assessment is now a larger part of the total pot.

Both my grade and high school districts took more money.

So did the Crystal Lake Park District.

Both Algonquin Township and the Algonquin Township Road District are taking less out of my pocket.  Since the only “benefit” I perceive from township government is my assessment, that’s a relief, but not as big a one as I hope to see in the future.

Finally, the tax take from my Village of Lakewood is less.

Thanks to the folks who cut what they are extracting from my checking account this year.

My request to the others to make it less onerous to remain an Illinois citizen.

Here’s last year’s tax bill:


Skinner Family Real Estate Tax Bill Increases 1/2 of 1% (Not the 4.6% I Thought When Decimal Misplaced) — 14 Comments

  1. Just think, that D155 line item is what many pay in total around the country.

  2. Regardless, Franks cut the county levy 10% … where is your analysis on the deceased county liability?!

  3. Ahhh. Poor cal.

    He only got a 3% increase in his funds for breathing pension that is in excess of 100,000.

    Again, his whining is so hard to hear when he is a huge part of our problems.

    The ole’ I got mine: screw the rest of you attitude.

    Loser who worked less than 30 years making a 100,000 grand for less than nothing.

    Pay up.

  4. I’m setting up a lemonade stand right here in my street corner to help pay for our sunshine blogger’s financial loss. Please support this noble effort in support of a brave journalist and true patriot. 185 days…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock…

  5. Our bill went up and we had zero improvements on the property. The “Cut Property Taxes Now 10 %” was fraudulent.

  6. Selling lemonade on the 200th anniversary of Il. Public Sector hero Karl Marx?

    No Angel, get with todays Illinois celebration and give it away.

  7. Pay the piper Mr. Cal.

    We all dance on the rim of a volcano that’s going to BLOW!

  8. Feliz 5 de Mayo a todos! To the linguistically challenged, I am wishing all sunshine commenters and the entire readership of this sunshine blog, a very happy Cinco de Mayo day. This type of celebration make us reflect on how blessed these great United States has been by being on the receiving end of so many immigration waves, particularly the millions coming from Spanish speaking countries in Central and South America, México, and the Caribbean. Please join us in this celebration of cultural diversity, Latino pride, and multilingualism. Sunshine blogger, thanks for letting all McHenry Countians know about this day by prominently displaying on this sunshine blog a wide variety of events commemorating this celebration…What was that? Say that again? Nothing about it here? Well, back to the real news; the next republikkklan fundraiser will take place…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww…

  9. We’ll pay up for a while then leave Illinois and let you bear the burden.

  10. Franks did NOT cut the county levy by 10%.

    Franks took credit for the automatic dropping off of a few large expenditures (interest on a bond which ended, Valley Hi levy look back, settlement of liability case for less than reserved, reductions by other elected officials, tech savings, etc.).

    Plus…it was not a permanent cut, just an abatement.

    Wait till next year.

  11. In the spirit of transparency and accountability of this McHenry County watchdog sunshine blog, I must submit to all sunshine commenters the net results of my lemonade stand in support of my sunshine blogger’s property tax related financial hardships. It must be noted I received a wide variety of negative comments from customers every time they were told who the beneficiary of my entrepreneurial effort was. To avoid a fine from the FCC, I will refrain from publishing them here. We collected a grand total of $8.17 after expenses. I will retain an $8 self compensation salary charge for my precious time. Sunshine blogger, please pick up your $0.17 donation at the police station of your choosing. In the meantime, Happy 5 de Mayo and please stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock tic, tock, meow, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww…

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