Letters to the Editor

Letter: McHenry Township, Road District a ‘political tarpit’

McHenry Township and McHenry Township Road District use a motto of “Always doing more for less.” However, the published notice of proposed property tax increases for the township and road district to be levied for 2021 disputes this.

The proposed property taxes to be levied by McHenry Township for 2021 are $1,515,927. This represents a 89.48% increase over the previous year. The total property taxes extended in 2020 for the township were $800,023.04.

The proposed property taxes to be levied by the McHenry Township Road District for 2021 are $3,205,362. This represents a 53% increase over the previous year. The total property taxes extended for 2020 for the township road district were $2,095,008.03.

Townships and township road districts are mainly funded by property taxes, about 94%, levied mostly on city and village homeowners. City and village homeowners are double-taxed, once by the city or village and also by the township. Whereas, homeowners in the township receiving road services are only taxed by the township. About 80% of township revenues come from municipal property owners.

Note: McHenry Township and McHenry Township Road District are two separate units of government, each with its own taxing authority.

McHenry township is a political tarpit of misleading information, cronyism, patronage and waste.

Bob Anderson

5515 E. Lake Shore Dr.

Wonder Lake