The first update added comments from Grafton Supervisor Eric Ruth. I’ll move them from below up here:
We completely abated the town fund levy the previous year so the town fund did not collect any taxes last year (we still collected a small amount for General Assistance as we felt this was a fund we should not neglect).
This is not an increase, it’s just getting back to where we were before the abatement.
We do not have the authority to abate any taxes but it is my interpretation and understanding that we have the authority to abate the levy, which is what we did.
Now come Grafton Township Trustee Matthew Cooper, the reason for UPDATE 2:
I’m on the Grafton board.
Your article seems reasonably misleading, and your comment in reply to Stormy D is equally misleading.
The Levy has been reduced from the previous year every year of the last four, including 2019 when the Levy was completely abated, save the GA fund.
Comparing 2020 to 2018, which is a much fairer comparison, the levy was reduced by 10%.
I’m scrolling through comments and it sure doesn’t seem as if anyone reading your post managed to glean this from the article.
I’m also curious why you think this happened because of an “illegal accumulation” of funds?
That’s an interesting perspective coming from someone who didn’t even feel a complete abatement of a year’s worth of tax levy was worth mentioning last year.
The article that Trustee Cooper did not remember can be views below:
In last year’s article Supervisor Ruth explained,
Grafton Township’s tax levy plunged so much because a new state law limits the amount of money a township fund can have in the bank to 2 1/2 times what it spends in a given year.
Supervisor Eric Ruth confirmed the new statute was the reason for the deep cut in taxes.
Below is a spreadsheet showing what McHenry County’s Townships asked to be collected in real estate taxes for this year and the last two years.
Because of the large cuts made in McHenry Township, the total tax take for townships is down 1,47% this year.
Townships are comprised of two different tax districts.
The Road District is pretty explanatory.
The Town Fund is everything else, including all elected officials compensation.
Thanks to a Friend of McHenry County Blog for compiling the information.
Cutting taxes were
- Algonquin Township Road District
- Greenwood Township’s Town Fund
- Hartland Township’s Town Fund
- McHenry Township’s Town Fund and Road District
- Nunda Township’s Town Fund
Increasing taxes were
- Alden Township’s Town Fund and Road District
- Burton Township’s Town Fund and Road District
- Chemung Township’s Town Fund and Road District
- Dorr Township’s Town Fund
- Dunham Township’s Road District
- Grafton Township’s Town Fund
- Hartland Township’s Road District
- Hebron Township’s Town Fund and Road District
- Marengo Township’s Road District
- Richmond Township’s Town Fund and Road District
- Riley Township’s Town Fund and Road District
- Seneca Township’s Road District
Pulling about the same amount out of taxpayers’ pockets as last year are
- Algonquin Township’s Town Fund
- Coral Township’s Town Fund and Road District’
- Dorr Township’s Road District
- Grafton Township’s Road District
- Greenwood Township Road District
- Marengo Town Fund
- Nunda Road District
- Seneca Town Fund
Below is a summary of what different types of tax districts are requesting this year: