Saturday, March 29, 2014

Woodstock Property Tax comparison

McHenry County Blog carries an article this morning that shows this graph, comparing municipality property taxes.

As a 2011 graph, it is out-of-date. You have to wonder how Woodstock compares with other communities in McHenry County for 2012 and 2013. You can bet this graph won't appear in any Woodstock community publications.

The McHenry County Blog article carries a letter this morning from the Village of Lakewood president. In the letter, she mentions the retirement of Lakewood Police Chief Larry Howell. Howell, a Woodstock resident, is one of two members of the Woodstock Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. The Board in Woodstock has been short one of its three members since September 2013. The letter also has a graph comparing 2011 property taxes for McHenry County's municipalities.

Why would little ol' Woodstock's property taxes be 129% higher than those in Crystal Lake? Not just 100% higher, but 129% higher.

Perhaps residents should turn up at the April 1st (no foolin') Woodstock City Council meeting and ask:

1. Why were 2011 property taxes 129% higher than Crystal Lake's?
2. Why hasn't the City Council appointed the third member to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners?

Illinois law (65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-1 reads, in part, "This board shall consist of 3 members".

Not may, might, could, should. "This board shall consist of 3 members."

"Shall" is a powerful, commanding word in state statutes. It's an order, a direction, a requirement.

Has not the City Attorney explained this to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager? What's the reason that the City of Woodstock has failed to appoint a third member?

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