County Board committee rejects Conservation District’s budget proposal

WOODSTOCK – A $28 million spending plan introduced by the McHenry County Conservation District is in limbo after the county Finance and Audit Committee rejected the proposal Thursday and the county board chairman said he will not advance the budget as it currently reads.

The budget drew criticism from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, who felt the addition of about $206,000 in new property tax money ran contrary to the county’s efforts to lower taxes during the past two years.
The bill for a home with a median home value of $215,000 would increase by $6.70 because of the conservation district’s property tax increases, the district’s executive director, Elizabeth Kessler, said.
“I thank [the county board members] that stood for the taxpayers and against property tax increases,” Franks said.
A resolution authorizing the budget was rejected by a 2-4 vote. Committee chairman Michael Skala and board member Stephen Doherty voted in favor of it, while board members Chris Christensen, John Reinert, Michael Vijuk and Larry Smith voted against it. Board member Kelli Wegener had to leave before the vote so she could be honored at the Northwest Herald’s Women of Distinction banquet. Vice Chairwoman Mary McCann was absent.