Our View: Thumbs-up to returning taxpayers money from Valley Hi

Thumbs-up: To McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ efforts to refund $15 million from Valley Hi Nursing Home reserves. The county-operated nursing home in Woodstock has more than two years of reserve funding, Franks said, adding that the surplus is a result of overtaxation. We agree that qualifying residents – ones who took the homestead exemption in the 2017 tax year and have paid their taxes on time – should get a refund. As long as the nursing home is able to operate smoothly and have enough saved up for emergencies, there’s no reason why the taxpayers of McHenry County shouldn’t get their money back. It’s simply good government to not take more in taxes than is needed each year.