McHenry County Board adopts spending plan with $9.8M in tax cuts

The McHenry County Board has passed a fiscal 2019 budget that includes more than $9.8 million in tax cuts. Of that amount, $7.53 million comes from abatements and $2.3 million comes from permanent reductions in the county’s property tax levy. “In 2018, we voted to give $8 million back to the taxpayers, and next year, [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]

McHenry County Board chairman reflects on meeting with schools about tax levy cuts

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks invited officials from several area school districts to an open discussion about what districts can do to lower their property tax levies. The discussion came on the heels of the County Board reducing its levy by 11.2 percent. Franks, D-Marengo, released a statement about the meeting, which took place [Read More]

Guest Column: Continuing to fight to cut your property tax bills

WOODSTOCK – When property tax bills went out earlier this month, I felt a deep sense of satisfaction in knowing that the McHenry County Board did its part for taxpayers by reducing its levy by 11.2 percent. Many taxpayers saw their bills dip, but many did not. While we lowered our levy like I promised [Read More]

McHenry County Board invites school districts to discussion on cutting property taxes

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has invited officials from nine area school districts to open a discussion about what districts can do to lower their property tax levies. In March, voters approved an advisory referendum asking school districts to cut their property tax levies by 10 percent. The discussions follow on the [Read More]

McHenry County Board chairman pushes for elimination of Algonquin Township Highway Department

May 4, 2018 McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks would like to see the Algonquin Township Highway Department abolished. That was the message of a letter he sent to officials of McHenry County’s most populous township Thursday morning, urging trustees to put a binding referendum to voters in the November election asking whether they would [Read More]

Democratic State Rep Jack Franks

McHenry County Board invites school districts to discussion on cutting property taxes

May 2, 2018 McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has invited officials from nine area school districts to open a discussion about what districts can do to lower their property tax levies. In March, voters approved an advisory referendum asking school districts to cut their property tax levies by 10 percent. The discussions follow on [Read More]

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks pushes for property tax cuts, consolidation

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has a message for Springfield politicians: Wake up. That was the sentiment of an address he delivered at the County Board’s Tuesday night meeting, where Franks pushed for Illinois leaders to focus on cutting property taxes and consolidating local governments to stop the population from hemorrhaging. “It won’t be long [Read More]

McHenry County Board approves 11.2 percent cut of property tax levy

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board approved a budget Tuesday night that includes an 11.2 percent reduction in the county’s property tax levy. At a regular meeting Tuesday, all County Board members voted in favor of the budget and a $71.4 million property tax levy that will collect $8 million less next year than the [Read More]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

McHenry County Board chairman Jack D. Franks moving forward with anti-tax referendum

Published: Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 4:58 p.m. CST WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is moving forward with putting an advisory property tax freeze referendum question to voters, but backing off a plan to ask for two more aimed at government consolidation. Franks, D-Marengo, will ask board members Tuesday night to vote to put [Read More]

State Representative Jack Franks

Jack Franks spotlights Illinois’ property tax devastation on last day in House

Illinois Review Wednesday, January 11, 2017 SPRINGFIELD – As one of his final House floor speeches before ending his term as state representative, Tuesday, Democrat Jack Franks of McHenry pled with his House colleagues to pass a bill he co-sponsored that would institute a statewide permanent property tax freeze. Franks said Illinois’ property taxes had become [Read More]