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April 2013 tax referendum pushed to County Board

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board will decide whether to place a property tax increase referendum that aims to help residents with developmental disabilities on next April's ballot.

Social service agencies for years have wanted the referendum put to voters, and formally asked the Public Health and Human Services Committee to do so Friday.

If approved, the referendum would create a "377 Board" — similar to the McHenry County Mental Health Board — to disburse the tax revenue to agencies working with the developmentally disabled.

The proposed tax rate of 10 cents per $100 in assessed valuation would mean an increase of about $60 for the owner of a $200,000 home who takes the homestead exemption.

Options and Advocacy for McHenry County Executive Director Cindy Sullivan told the committee that agencies understand the financial strain households are under, but stressed the need is great, especially given that state government for years has been very late in paying its bills.

The committee will make a recommendation at its Nov. 16 meeting, and the referendum will go before the full County Board on Nov. 20.

That meeting is the last before the newly elected County Board will be seated.

Read more about the proposed referendum in Saturday's newspaper.


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