Sunday, June 19, 2011
No Mea Culpas, Just Them-a Culpas At Sun City Tax Meet
That shifted more of the collective tax burden for five trans-county taxing districts, particularly School District 158, from the McHenry side of the border onto taxpayers in Kane. Kane County Supervisor of Assessments Mark Armstrong told the Drendel audience he'd sent a request to the Illinois Department of Revenue Friday to put things back they way they should have been but no one applauded.
Armstrong claimed he had no idea why Ottley decided to change Grafton assessments on a wholesale scale. However, Ottley, who wasn't at Saturday's meeting, earlier in the week told a delegation of its sponsors he did it to bring the rest of Grafton assessments in line with reductions the McHenry County Review Board had been handing out.
Armstrong and State Sen. Chris Lauszen whose 25th District includes heavily-impacted Rutland Township both charged McHenry County's been marking assessment values to depressed current sales instead of the much-higher three-year average everyone else uses.
McHenry County Assessor Bob Ross said there wasn't anything he could do about that since the Review Board really isn't under his control or, indeed, the control of anyone in McHenry County.
At the State level all the Department of Revenue could do was slap what amounted to a 3.5 percent surcharge on all of McHenry County's tax bills. Kane Treasurer Dave Reichert said that just made things worse since he'd already sent out Kane's tax bills so Rutland homeowners ended up paying more than they should have. Reichert said this year's extra taxes would be subtracted from next year's tax bills but that didn't satisfy resident Rosemary Welc. "I'll bet we don't get the interest on it," she complained afterwards.
Homeowners trickled steadily out of the information-dense meeting almost from the start muttering about manure and smoke infiltration of the nether anatomy. Resident Steve Fornek stayed the course but complained the whole property tax process was overly-complicated. "You know who made it that way? The lawyers and accountants," he said.
Unmentioned at Saturday's meeting is a chance Tuesday for the McHenry County Board to weigh in on the assessment mess. That's when they're set to vote on Spring Grove's Cliff Houghton as a permanent member of the Board of Review. There's a spot open since former Board Chairman Robin Brunschon left to become DeKalb County Chief County Assessment Officer three weeks ago.