The following resolution was passed by the Republican Central Committee of Grafton Township and sent by its Chairman Orville Brettman:
GRAFTON TOWNSHIP REPUBLICAN PARTY
Resolution Supporting the Adoption of a Flat Levy by the McHenry County Board
WHEREAS, Illinois law requires that McHenry County adopt an annual budget and appropriation for the succeeding fiscal year (55 ILCS 5/6-1001 through 5/6-1008); and
WHEREAS, the McHenry County Board is considering a proposed Annual Budget and Appropriations Ordinance for the County of McHenry, Illinois for the Fiscal Year December 1, A.D., 2023 through November 30, A.D., 2024 (the “Proposed FY 2024 Budget”); and
WHEREAS, the McHenry County Board is also considering a proposed An Ordinance Providing for the Levy of Taxes for McHenry County, Illinois for the Fiscal Year December 1, A.D., 2023 through November 30, A.D., 2024 (the “Proposed FY 2024 Property Tax Levy”); and
WHEREAS, the Proposed FY 2024 Budget amounts for total expenditures and revenues in the amount of $247,043,071; and
WHEREAS, the Proposed FY 2024 Property Tax Levy calls for a property tax levy of $73,802,243; and
WHEREAS, Illinois has among the highest state and local taxes in the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, the Proposed FY 2024 Budget and FY 2024 Property Tax Levy would result in over $2,000,000 in additional property taxes on already burdened residents, which contributes greatly to the mental health of its residents, needlessly increases the cost of home ownership, and contributes to rising rental rates on its residents; and
WHEREAS, this is in addition to the McHenry County Board’s adoption of an ordinance which raised McHenry County’s Motor Fuel Tax by 100%, resulting in an estimated additional $3,000,000/per year in sales use taxes on fuel, and which will continue to automatically increase every year thereafter; and
WHEREAS, there is no immediate need for the McHenry County Board to burden its residents with millions in additional property taxes, particularly and especially in a time of economic uncertainty and after already having increased other taxes on its residents by approximately $3,000,000.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Grafton Township Republican Party, of McHenry County, Illinois demands that the McHenry County Board adopt a fiscal year 2024 budget and tax levy which results in no increased property tax levy;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of our resolution be immediately sent to all McHenry County Board Members, and to the McHenry County Board Chairman.