Tax Information for McHenry County Schools

Here is a summary of what McHenry County school districts did to McHenry County taxpayers in this year’s tax bills:

Tax District 2015 Extension 2016 Extension % Change   2017 Extension % Change
Grade School Disticts
Richmond-Spring Grove Grade School Dist 2 $12,531,532 $12,531,543 0.0%   $12,531,561 0.0%
Fox River Grove Grade School Dist 3 $5,725,349 $5,876,303 2.6%   $5,953,075 1.3%
McHenry Grade School Dist 15 $51,869,079 $53,272,646 2.7%   $54,552,935 2.4%
Riley Grade School Dist 18 $3,908,792 $4,015,842 2.7%   $4,121,283 2.6%
Cary Grade School Dist 26 $23,202,092 $23,063,009 -0.6%   $23,164,305 0.4%
Wonder Lake Grade School Dist 36 $3,723,495 $3,245,774 -12.8%   $3,280,599 1.1%
Prairie Grove Grade School Dist 46 $10,599,998 $10,615,012 0.1%   $10,782,995 1.6%
Crystal Lake Grade School Dist 47 $73,706,966 $74,958,785 1.7%   $75,122,330 0.2%
Marengo Grade School District 165 $7,032,802 $7,102,382 1.0%   $7,250,897 2.1%
High School Districts            
Marengo High School Dist 154 $10,334,462 $10,445,513 1.1%   $10,658,417 2.0%
Crystal Lake High School Dist 155 $72,207,719 $72,260,935 0.1%   $73,527,212 1.8%
McHenry High School Dist 156 $26,680,080 $26,990,105 1.2%   $28,181,147 4.4%
Richmond-Burton High School Dist 157 $11,570,898 $11,570,914 0.0%   $12,091,864 7.3%
Unit School Districts            
Johnsburg Unit School Dist 12 $22,941,187 $22,908,160 -0.1%   $23,149,744 1.1%
Alden-Hebron Unit School Dist 19 $4,334,380 $4,388,567 1.3%   $4,496,634 2.5%
Harvard Unit School Dist 50 $15,010,438 $15,405,994 2.6%   $15,864,059 3.0%
Wauconda Unit School Dist 118 $7,793,421 $8,332,271 6.9% McH Co only $9,085,712 9.0%
Huntley Unit School Dist 158 $54,292,472 $56,878,252 4.8% McH Co only $57,936,150 1.9%
Woodstock Unit School Dist 200 $59,100,507 $57,689,156 -2.4%   $56,689,824 -1.7%
Barrington Unit School Dist 220 $5,400,549 $5,732,388 6.1% McH Co only $5,803,061 1.2%
Algonquin Unit School Dist 300 $54,939,784 $57,236,630 4.2% McH Co only $57,402,622 0.3%


Tax Information for McHenry County Schools — 10 Comments

  1. Does anyone have information on cost per student per school year for McHenry County School Districts? How does this compare with cost per student in other States which have much less administrators and school districts AND have better student outcomes?

  2. Cal – Why is your software asking some of us with verified email addresses to prove we are not robots or spammers?

  3. Even more helpful would be to compare school districts in taxes levied per $100 of assessed valuation per property.

  4. Ah, the totals for the annual Operation Dumbo Cash Drop.

    Wonder how much debt has to be serviced in these numbers, because slack jawed McHenry County goobers, keep voting yes on School Bonds?

  5. BW: the source for comparison of financial data per district can be found at:

    click “Data Tools” on left side of page, then ‘Peer Search Tool’ in middle of next page.

    enter your school name then hit search.

    the default comparison is to 10 PEER school districts nationwide.

    If you want to choose more than 10, do so in initial search function page.

    click on blue link to your school district.

    you’ll see tabs at top of results page: ‘Revenue’, ‘Current Expenditures’, ‘Other Expenditures’, ‘Characteristics’, and ‘Other Characteristics’.

    Those tabs take you to new data pages of results comparing your school with nationwide peers.
    Peer Average per expenditure/revenue category is listed at bottom of each school list.

    For example, Woodstock CUSD 200 is horrifying in that its expenditures (and local revenues) are so far above peer average, which have required a property tax rate well above 4% for almost a decade, which has devastated so very many elderly citizens and struggling families (taking more than 12% of median household income in property tax alone—with national average being <4%) in order enrich the multimillionaire present value guaranteed annuity entitlements of teachers and administrators, and profligately spend on regularly awarded contractors, remunerated by Woodstock CUSD 200.

  6. LS: it would be helpful if commentators would learn to look up this data themselves, and share it with fellow voters in their neighborhood.

    Last school board election: 15% voter turnout.

    Here are the sources you need to look at to glean the amount per pupil charged per taxed household:

    click on “Annual Financial Reports” and “Annual Statements of Affairs”

    then click on tax year in question.

    this will lead to a list of school districts

    McHenry County districts begin with prefix number 44

    scroll down to your school in question

    click blue link to xl sheet

    there are many tabs

    at about 28 you’ll find PCTC and OEPP.

    these are per capita tuition charge and operating expense per pupil

    PCTC: Notably, at Woodstock CUSD 200, the school Board has refused to consider that the many many tuition students (undercharged as a function of Illinois Law) are costing local taxpayers millions. Millions. And the Board of CUSD 200 actively has resisted scrutiny to remedy this inequity.

    We taxpayers can only assume they are protecting the jobs of the many teachers, administrators, and staff who are compensated so much more than Peers nationwide and Statewide.

    OEPP: Compare Wodstock CUSD 200 to Huntley Unit District, the neighboring District, which manages to educate its students with similar or better readiness results than Woodstock CUSD 200.

    Woodstock spends at an OEPP which is 30% higher than its neighboring peer. (Note: spending is not revenue.

    Woodstock is a poorer district, spending 30% more than its richer neighbor, to acheive poorer readiness-for-next-level results.

    This seems to indicate more concern for the recipients of the expenditures than either the students in their care or the taxpayers forced by law to fund the District’s whims).

  7. Annual Statements of Affairs will get you other statistics, including debt levels and what portion of the statutory rate cap per Fund the school is billing.

    For example: Woodstock CUSD 200 is above its statutory debt cap (13.8% of EAV), and that ONLY INCLUDES PRINCIPAL!!

    Jeanne Ives has tried to advance a bill mandating that INTEREST debt also be included in school debt ratio formulas (because schools can and do borrow far in excess of debt ratio caps by using deferred interest bonds such as CABs.

    Woodstock CUSD owes $50 million of interest on a $13 million debt, and ONLY $13 million is reported as debt.

    Funds rate tax levy percentages shows Woodstock has taxed to the max of rate caps by Fund

  8. LS:example of calculation of cost-per-$100,000 of household value-per-student

    In Woodstock D200:

    Tax levy $57 million

    enrollment 6300

    $57,000,000/6300= $9047 per pupil billed to local taxpayers.

    Tax rate per property value is found at the County Clerk website, or on your tax bill, or at ISBE filings, or at Bond Statements posted on

    Tax Rate in Woodstock is around 4% (trending downward as national inflation raises values of even the most undesirable (obscenely taxed) property locations. Property Tax Rate= Total levy/(divided by)/Total Taxable Property Value .

    Woodstock D200 School tax rate has been above 8% of EAV (which equals 2.66% of total home value since EAV = 1/3 of home value) for many years, and is now above 7% (above 2.33% of total home value).


    So, In Woodstock, each $100,000 of fairly assessed home value pays over $4000 total property tax
    (compared to Chicago, where each $100,000 of home value pays less than $2300)

    If the cost billed per student by D200 is $9000 (it is more, but lets use scenario most beneficial to schoiol admin arguments).


    which means it costs the property tax on a higher than $225,000 home to pay for Woodstock property taxes, including school taxes.

    (in case you wonder about homestead exemption, that is equal to the tax rate multiplied by $18,000, or $720 on a $200,000 home at 4%).

    BTW, Woodstock is said to be nearly 50% rental properties now…HEY ASSESSOR ROSS: ARE MORE THAN 50% of residential properties claiming homestead exemptions???

  9. Thank you Susan for the excellent links to school district data covering all States in the U.S.

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