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McHenry County Board to discuss budget, sanitary district consolidation

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board will meet Monday and Tuesday to consider its 2018 budget and the consolidation of the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District.

The county’s Committee of the Whole will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Administration Building, 667 Ware Road in Woodstock, to consider the budget, which includes an 11.2 percent reduction in the county property tax levy.

Cuts are proposed to come from trimming levies for funds that have robust reserves and ending bond issuances. For example, the county plans to cut $800,000 from the Division of Transportation’s levy, which will have more revenue next year because it has made the final payment on a $50 million road projects bond, according to a news release from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks.

A copy of the proposed budget can be found on the county website, www.co.mchenry.il.us. Fiscal 2018 begins Dec. 1.

The Ad Hoc Lake in the Hills Sanitary District Committee will discuss whether the sanitary district should be consolidated into village government at its 10:15 a.m. meeting Tuesday at the Administration Building.

The debate on consolidation has been contentious. The matter landed in court in the summer after Franks and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office took legal action to stop the efforts of several of the district’s former trustees and managers to buy land in Kane County and annex connecting right-of-way to prevent consolidation.

The sanitary district committee includes County Board members Paula Yensen, D-Lake in the Hills; Robert Nowak, R-Lake in the Hills; John Reinert, R-Crystal Lake; Joe Gottemoller, R-Crystal Lake; Larry Smith, R-Harvard; Kay Bates, R-McHenry; and John Jung, R-Woodstock.

Residents can stream both meetings online through the meeting portal on the county website.

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