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McHenry County Approves Almost $10 Million in Tax Savings in 2019 Budget

Post Date:11/14/2018 12:00 PM

WOODSTOCK, Ill. – The McHenry County Board on Tuesday evening approved a balanced 2019 budget that keeps just under $10 million in taxpayers’ pockets.

The levy abates $7.53 million in property taxes back to the taxpayers, and includes a permanent tax cut of $2.3 million. This is the second consecutive year that the County Board has voted to abate a portion of its levy.

“In 2018, we voted to give back $8 million back to the taxpayers, and next year, we’re giving back almost $10 million. Every local government in Illinois needs to be following our example,” County Board Chairman Jack Franks, D-Marengo, said. “We promised the voters of McHenry County, who shoulder one of the heaviest property-tax burdens in the nation, that we would do whatever we could to lighten their load, and for the second straight year, we’ve delivered.”

County Board members approved a $217 million budget for 2019 that does not eliminate any programs or services, and funds the completion of necessary capital projects, such as new police and emergency radios, reconfiguring the Administration Building and Annex A to maximize efficiency, and rebuilding the courthouse parking lot.

“I’ll say it again – the McHenry County Board is leading the way in reform and doing the people’s will. For two years now, we’ve brought meaningful tax relief to our constituents. In the past several months, we voted to reduce the size of the County Board by 25 percent with the next U.S. Census, and we put binding referendums on the November ballot to impose term limits on me and the County Board, both of which passed by nine-to-one margins. If every government in Illinois followed our example, the Land of Lincoln would be in much better shape,” Franks said.

Franks also thanked the hard work of county staff and the County Board Finance and Audit Committee for the levy reduction and the leaner, balanced budget.

“I’ve said before that no other county is doing what we do. One of the reasons, I believe, is that no other county has the staff that we do,” Franks said.