First, the city of McHenry placed a referendum on the November ballot to fund a $30 million water park and rec center. As if that’s not enough, now School District 156 is following up with a $44 million request.
While they acknowledge decreasing enrollments, they want to keep both high schools open rather than accept realities.
What is going on with our taxing bodies?
Don’t they realize people are leaving Illinois in droves because of increasing property taxes?
What good does it do for the county to take serious measures to lower property taxes when the city and school districts just want to take it all back?
Listed below are the referendum questions you’ll see on the ballot Nov. 6:
City of McHenry
Shall the City of McHenry, McHenry County, Illinois, build an addition to the McHenry Recreation Center that will include an indoor pool, a gymnasium and an outdoor family aquatic park and issue its bonds, in an amount not to exceed $30,000,000, to construct these improvements?
Annually, for 20 years, the increase to the city of McHenry’s portion of a property tax bill would not exceed $1.08 per $1,000 of the “fair cash value” of the taxable property, according to the records of the McHenry County Treasurer.
___ Yes _x__ No
Community High School District 156, McHenry and Lake counties
Shall the Board of Education of McHenry Community High School District Number 156, McHenry and Lake Counties, Illinois, build and equip additions to, alter, repair, equip and improve the sites of the McHenry West High School Campus and the McHenry East High School Campus, including, without limitation: improving student safety, security and learning environments; constructing infrastructure improvements including roofs, ventilation, environmental units, doors, plumbing, electrical improvements, parking lots, walkways and other ADA compliance improvements at both campuses; constructing a Science, Technology and Industry Center at West Campus; expanding West Campus to add classrooms to replace 26-year-old mobile classrooms and to accommodate additional students; and renovating East Campus classrooms; and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $44,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?
___ Yes __X_ No
Taxpayers’ lives matter.
So, in November, please vote no to increased property tax referendums.
Also, if you are fed up with this tax and spend mentality of your local governments, I also urge you to seriously consider running for one of the open seats in these jurisdictions.
Only you can change the direction things are headed.
If both measures are defeated, with the county’s reduction of your property taxes, you might actually see your taxes go down several hundred dollars from last year.
On Nov. 6, vote no to the $30 million referendum to increase property taxes for the rec center.
On Nov. 6, vote no to School District 156’s $44 million referendum.
• Charles “Chuck” Wheeler is the Vice Chair of the McHenry County Republican Party, County Board Member for District 4 and a McHenry resident