Valley Hi Rebate Checks Being Mailed Friday
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – The Valley Hi Nursing Home rebate checks – all 47,749 of them – will be going out tomorrow (Oct. 4, 2019).
On Friday morning, McHenry County will mail out the checks, totaling more than $8.5 million of the $15 million that the County Board allocated for the rebate program. Homeowners who applied and qualified will recoup just under 30 percent of county government’s share of their 2017 property tax bill they paid in 2018. The rebate amount does not include taxes paid to other taxing bodies, such as school districts and park districts.
Besides notifying homeowners through a mailer sent with property tax bills payable this year, county government launched an awareness campaign of news releases, stories in local media, and social media prior to and throughout the two-month application period that ended July 31.
“The checks are in the mail,” County Board Chairman Jack Franks, D-Marengo, said. “I prioritized drawing down Valley Hi Nursing Home’s excessive fund surplus when I took office – our promise to taxpayers is fulfilled. Some of it is going back to our overtaxed homeowners, some will fund an expansion of Valley Hi’s services, and the rest will sit as a very comfortable $25 million reserve to sustainably operate Valley Hi for years to come. We gave money back and we’ll be making Valley Hi even better. Everybody wins.”
To be eligible for the rebate, homeowners had to have owned and occupied their home on April 16, 2019, taken the homestead exemption, and had to have the eligible property’s 2017 tax bill paid without redemption.
McHenry County received 52,807 applications to claim almost $9.27 million. Slightly more than 5,000 applications were rejected for not meeting the eligibility requirements. Of the 304 rejection appeals filed during the 30-day appeal period, all but 55 were granted.
Franks said that the rebate program had a secondary tax relief benefit for the many homeowners who did not have the homestead exemption to which they were entitled. Because of this rebate program, they were able to work with their township assessors to get this exemption, and as a result, will no longer be overpaying their property taxes.
The rebate is the latest in a series of tax relief measures approved by the County Board. McHenry County over the past two years has reduced its property tax levy by more than $18 million, and significantly reduced its recording, court, and permit fees.