WOODSTOCK – In an emergency meeting Tuesday evening, McHenry County Board members voted unanimously to approve an ordinance waiving late fees and interest accruement for the first installment of this year’s property taxes for a period of 90 days.
The ordinance was proposed by County Board Chairman Jack Franks as a way to provide economic relief to local businesses and homeowners amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Franks said in a statement at the beginning of the meeting.
“Together, we’re going to get through this and one way we’re going to help is by passing a resolution tonight to give our taxpayers some measure of relief,” he said. “Far too many of our taxpayers have been furloughed or laid off. As a county, we have the duty to help alleviate the burden on our already-burdened taxpayers.”
The special meeting was called in an effort to pass the ordinance before the first installment of property tax bills are sent out. County Board members joined the meeting remotely, with 21 of the 24 board members in attendance.