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State of McHenry County address scheduled for County Board meeting

In last year’s State of the County address, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks said 2019 would bring continued reduction of the county’s property tax burden, streamlining of government and every effort to improve the lives of the people the board represents.

Since then, the County Board voted to approve a $15 million rebate of surplus funds from the Valley Hi Nursing Home, a budget making property tax levy reductions from the past two fiscal years permanent and the inclusion of two referendums to appear on ballots for upcoming elections asking voters about the future of government offices.

Franks will go over some of these accomplishments and what the future holds for McHenry County in 2020 during the annual State of the County address on Tuesday. The speech will be made at the top of the McHenry County Board’s monthly meeting.

Based on some of the decisions made by the board, Franks said in a news release that county government will be completely debt free in less than two years.

Although the county has been able to lower its levy for the past three years, Franks said county government accounts for less than 10% of residential property tax bills. Franks continues to call on other local governments to follow suit and reduce levies and any unnecessary spending.

The McHenry County Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the county’s Administration Building, 667 Ware Road. The meeting can be streamed via the meeting portal of the county’s website, www.mchenrycountyil.gov.

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