We all know our property taxes are outrageous here in McHenry County. Some of us have been saying this for a very long time. And all the while our elected politicians give us the same excuse:
If we do not take the increase we lose it forever.
However, I do not subscribe to this line of thinking. I am so sick and tired of elected officials using this this line as an excuse to raise our taxes. Listen:
This includes my opponent who has been taxing us since 1993. We all have been told that experience counts in this upcoming election and I certainly agree. This includes properly administering the highway department as well as following the taxation laws inflicted upon us by Springfield. Sadly, this is not happening inside Algonquin Township and in fact they are facing a lawsuit for over taxing the property owners and those of us who rent.
We renters pay property taxes too.
Below are the four links outlining the property tax lawsuit filed against Algonquin Township and the Algonquin Township Road District.
- Tax Protest for Algonquin Township – Part 1
- Tax Protest for Algonquin Township – Part 2
- Tax Protest for Algonquin Township – Part 3
- Tax Protest for Algonquin Township – Part 4
This is a problem that I feel I am eminently qualified to solve. Moreover, I have the character to do so. To me it is unconscionable to levy when we have such enormous reserves. The lawsuit is quite clear that under the direction of the highway commissioner the highway district has built up onscene reserves. Look:
The District levied $10,170 for its Audit Fund, but had reserves of $81,042 in that Fund.
The District levied $35,545 for its Liability Insurance Fund, but had (reserves) of $162,891 in that Fund.
The District levied $71,068 for its Social Security Fund, but had (reserves) of $178,467 in that Fund.
The District levied $126,890 for its Retirement Fund, but had (reserves) of $232,279 in that Fund.
All of the aforesaid levies are illegal in that the District had more than twice the annual, three-year expenditures on hand when it adopted additional, unnecessary levies.
Additionally, the Road District has numerous line items where the levy amount exceeds the appropriation, and as such, are invalid as a matter of law.
With respect to the Road District, the Road and Bridge Fund, coupled with the Equipment and Building Fund, the Road District had reserves in excess of $5,500,000.
Friends and neighbors I will fix this. I will descend upon this problem with a combat discipline focus and I will correct the errors. I have been told that experience counts and there is no one with more experience than me when it comes to standing up against the political class that defends these high taxes every chance they get.
All of you who know me know that I am not afraid to stand up when I am in the minority. I do not waiver under pressure and I have a proven track record to standing up against the tax and spenders. I ask all of you to check out my YouTube channel and look in the Northwest Herald to see my position on property taxes.