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Fiscal Responsibility

  • The District continues a long history of being responsive to the needs of our residents by holding itself fiscally accountable and by fulfilling its promise to preserve and protect open space, clean water, wildlife and outdoor recreation areas in McHenry County for current and future generations.
  • The District did not increase the total property taxes levied since 2013 and made a conscientious decision to make the 2017 levy abatement permanent with the 2018 levy.
  • By the Board of Trustees electing to forego the inflationary property taxes under PTELL for more than seven (7) years, the District has led by example, levying $2.8 million dollars less in property taxes, which is equivalent to 30% of the FY 2020 operating budget.
  • Refinanced General Obligation Bonds in 2014 for a $14 million-dollar savings over the life of the bonds – a direct savings of $1 million-dollars per year to the tax payers of McHenry County.
  • In 2018, median home values and EAV in McHenry County increased from 2017.  The District’s levy that was extended in 2018 and to be collected in 2019 is estimated to cost a median home $158.64. This represents a total increase in levies to the District of $6.70 ($2.76 to support operations and $3.94 for the debt service levy approved by the voters through referendum).
  • The District accounts for approximately 2% of residential property tax bills in McHenry County.  For every dollar a resident pays in property taxes, approximately $0.02 is paid to the District.  Less than $0.01 goes for the purpose of managing and protecting our land, water, and wildlife that constitute the natural heritage of McHenry County.  Slightly over $0.01 goes to service the District’s debt approved by the voters through referendum for the preservation of open space, protection of wildlife habitat and public access improvements.
  • The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded McHenry County Conservation District The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report for the tenth consecutive year in 2020. This Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting and it represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The award recognizes those agencies that go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.
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