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More than 16,700 apply for Valley Hi rebate

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

As of Wednesday, more than 16,700 people have applied for the Valley Hi rebate through the McHenry County site. Taxpayers have until July 31 to apply.

“This response is nothing short of extraordinary,” County Board Chairman Jack Franks said in a news release. “McHenry County homeowners are lining up to take advantage of the County Board’s prudent and responsible decision to rebate $15 million of Valley Hi’s ample fund reserves back to them. These early numbers should signal to every local government in Illinois that the people are overtaxed and are aching for real reform and relief. It’s time for them to follow our lead and reduce taxes and spending.”

The online portal, which can be found at mchenrycountyil.gov, allows homeowners to apply to recoup almost 30% of the McHenry County government’s share of last year’s property tax bill. About 88,000 properties in McHenry County could be eligible.

The rebate was approved by the McHenry County Board last month by an 18-6 vote.

Eligible residents received a letter in the mail with their property tax bills.

Eligible residents must have owned and occupied taxable, homestead-exempt residential property on April 16 – the day the rebate was approved – and paid their 2017 property taxes in full. The website will require a homeowner’s property index number.

Rebates will be based on the amount that homeowners paid in property taxes for the county government portion of their tax bill, according to the letter sent with the bills.

Hard copies of the application are available during regular business hours at the McHenry County Treasurer’s Office, 2100 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock.

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