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Chairman Franks to Deliver State of the County Address

Post Date:01/17/2020 12:00 PM

WOODSTOCK, Ill. – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, D-Marengo, will tout the county’s many accomplishments in 2019, and lay out priorities for 2020, when he delivers the annual State of the County Address next Tuesday evening.

The County Board and Chairman Franks worked together in 2019 to rebate $15 million from the Valley Hi surplus back to county homeowners and reduce the property tax levy for a third straight year in the form of a permanent tax cut. At the same time the county reduced spending, its financial strength allowed it to expand services and fund vital infrastructure improvements without borrowing money. In less than two years, county government will be totally debt free.

“Every year, we’ve set an increasingly higher bar, and every year, we’ve leaped over it. We’ve accomplished so many things that people said couldn’t be done,” Franks said. “I look forward to achieving even more in 2020 to make McHenry County the most efficient and transparent county government in the nation.”

Chairman Franks will deliver the address shortly after the start of the monthly voting meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the county Administration Building, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock. The address, as well as the entire meeting, will be streamed live on the McHenry County meeting portal at www.mchenrycountyil.gov.

Tuesday’s address will be his third since taking office in December 2016 as McHenry County’s first popularly elected County Board Chairman.

Although the County Board has lowered its levy for three straight years, county government accounts for less than 10 percent of residential property tax bills. Franks since his election has repeatedly called on other local governments to follow the county’s example and reduce their levies and unnecessary spending.

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