Chairman Jack Franks proposes flat property tax levy

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks said in a news release Friday that the board again is pursuing a flat property tax levy for the 2021 fiscal year.

The county’s 2021 budget and levy will be put on 30-day review at the board’s Oct. 20 meeting and then will be posted on the county’s website at 

At its Nov. 17 meeting, the board is scheduled to vote on whether to approve the budget. The county fiscal year runs from Dec. 1 to Nov. 30. 

The board has reduced county government’s tax levy for three consecutive years, and for the current fiscal year turned the previous years’ reductions into permanent cuts, according to the release.

“A heavy focus on cost reduction and outside-the-box thinking have not only resulted in real tax savings, but also our being able to weather the terrible economic storm wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping those past savings in place,” Franks said in a statement.

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