Our view: Taxing bodies should follow McHenry County Board in cutting property tax levies by 10 percent

      Nov. 27, 2017 – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks kept his campaign promise of cutting the county’s property tax levy by 10 percent – if McHenry County government can do it, why can’t anyone else? There are too many public officials who are interested in protecting their own interests before thinking [Read More]

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McHenry County reduces levy 11.2%, asks other taxing bodies to follow

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board authorized an 11.2 percent reduction to the property tax levy, and Chairman Jack Franks is calling on other local governments to follow suit. The county board last week unanimously approved levying $71.8 million in property taxes for 2017 — an $8 million decline over the previous year — which [Read More]

McHenry County Board approves 11.2 percent cut of property tax levy

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board approved a budget Tuesday night that includes an 11.2 percent reduction in the county’s property tax levy. At a regular meeting Tuesday, all County Board members voted in favor of the budget and a $71.4 million property tax levy that will collect $8 million less next year than the [Read More]

McHenry County talks 2018 budget, 11.2 percent cut in property tax levy

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks on Monday applauded fellow board members and county employees for developing a 2018 budget that includes an 11.2 percent reduction in the county’s property tax levy. “It was a wonderful, collaborative effort,” Franks said at a Committee of the Whole meeting. “This happened because we planned and [Read More]

McHenry County agencies come together to provide aid to flood victims

By LINDSAY GLOOR JOHNSBURG – About 30 agencies joined together to offer a multiagency resource center for flood victims Friday in Johnsburg. For McHenry County residents such as Harold and Carole Curran, it was exactly what they needed. “Nobody wanted to help, and now we’re able to find so many,” Carole Curran said. “They gave us stuff we hadn’t [Read More]

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McHenry County Board chairman Jack D. Franks moving forward with anti-tax referendum

Published: Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 4:58 p.m. CST WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is moving forward with putting an advisory property tax freeze referendum question to voters, but backing off a plan to ask for two more aimed at government consolidation. Franks, D-Marengo, will ask board members Tuesday night to vote to put [Read More]