Franks challenges McHenry County to make tax cuts permanent next fiscal year

WOODSTOCK – After having voted to reduce McHenry County’s property tax levy by about $18 million over the past two fiscal years, the County Board was issued a challenge Tuesday by Chairman Jack Franks. Instead of issuing tax abatements, Franks recommended establishing permanent tax cuts this budget year. “Homeowners and business owners deserve a tax [Read More]

McHenry County Board chairman Jack Franks delivers State of the County address

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks delivered the State of the County address Thursday and described 2018 as “a year of efficiencies.” Delivering his second address since taking office, the Marengo Democrat highlighted tax reduction, slashed term limits and a shrinking County Board size as the pillars of a successful year. “McHenry County [Read More]

McHenry County Board proposes fiscal 2019 budget with $9.8M in tax cuts

McHenry County officials have proposed a 2019 budget that includes more than $9.8 million in tax cuts. Of that amount, $7.53 million come from abatements and $2.3 million come from permanent reductions in the county’s property tax levy.  “For the second straight year, we’re offering taxpayers meaningful relief by reducing almost $10 million from our [Read More]

State Representative Jack Franks

Jack Franks’ Budget Transparency Bill Passes

Rep Jack Franks on April 14th, 2016: State Rep. Jack D. Franks, D-Marengo, passed legislation out of the House on Wednesday, with strong bipartisan support, requiring local governments to fully disclose taxpayer funded incentives in their budgets to increase transparency of the fiscal practices of local units of government. “Too often, local governments do not count [Read More]