Dundee & Rutland Property Tax Appeal Deadline – August 8

Dundee & Rutland area property tax assessments were recently published in the newspaper as required by law. There is only a 30 day window every year to appeal your property assessment. Once this deadline is passed, the next opportunity will not be until next year. The deadline to appeal your 2017 assessment is August 8th, 2016.

Chicago Tribune Endorses Skillicorn For The Illinois House

Editorial Board | Chicago Tribune

66th District: Our first question to the four candidates running for this House seat: Anyone play guitar? Because someone might have to fill in for retiring Rep. Mike Tryon, R-Crystal Lake, member of the Boat Drink Caucus, a band made up of several lawmakers. Tryon announced last year he would not seek another term. Four Republicans are vying to replace him: Lakewood trustee Paul Serwatka, West Dundee trustee Dan Wilbrandt, East Dundee trustee Allen Skillicorn and McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield of Crystal Lake…

Skillicorn moves into lead

-from Illinois Review

EAST DUNDEE – A four-way Republican primary to fill retiring State Rep. Michael Tryon’s 66th House seat may have a candidate that is breaking out of the pack. Recent polling shows East Dundee trustee Allen Skillicorn could be moving into the lead to win the March 15th GOP primary.

While the majority of the 346 polled by Compass Consulting have yet to make their pick in the 66th House District GOP primary, on a sample ballot, the survey showed that Skillicorn leads with 24%, 15 points ahead of next highest GOP candidate in the race.

Where the big primary races will be in suburbs

by Mike Riopell | Daily Herald

Despite frustration over a historic budget impasse in Springfield, Republicans and Democrats in the suburbs so far are avoiding dramatic primary election challenges to their veteran incumbents, state elections records show.

Monday is the last day for candidates to make their intentions known, and so far, the only major local primary contests for seats at the state Capitol are where incumbents — Rep. Mike Tryon of Crystal Lake and Sen. Mike Noland of Elgin — are departing.

State budget impasse leaves Carpentersville uncertain about revenues

by Lauren Rohr | Daily Herald

Facing increased public pension contributions and uncertainties over state revenues, Carpentersville officials are seeking a 4.6 percent property tax levy increase — and say they may have to consider additional budget cuts in the future.

The village board Dec. 1 will vote on a proposed tax levy hike, and on a proposed $52.5 million budget for next fiscal year, which begins Jan. 1.

East Dundee candidates differ on Wal-Mart departure

By James Fuller | Daily Herald

Incumbent East Dundee village board candidates Allen Skillicorn and Jeff Lynam believe it’s long past time to roll back efforts to prevent Wal-Mart from leaving time. But at least one challenger, a face from the village’s recent political past, believes continuing the legal battle is the best first line of defense against a major loss of village tax revenue.

The Wal-Mart at 620 Dundee Ave. is the largest single generator of sales tax revenue in the village. It pours a little less than $800,000 a year into village coffers.

The big-box retailer announced it would jump the border and set up shop just about three miles away in Carpentersville as soon as its East Dundee lease expires in a little less than two years.

Village officials under Former Mayor Jerry Bartels direction went to court to block the company from leaving in belief that it is illegal for Wal-Mart to bolt to a shopping center that’s less than 10 miles away from a competing center when the tenant, Wal-Mart, will receive tax increment finance district assistance — property taxes above a certain point diverted from local governments and into redevelopment — to relocate.

Former Mayor Jerry Bartels is running for the village board with a promise of continuing that court battle despite the legal costs.

But incumbents Allen Skillicorn and Jeff Lynam said it’s time to think about how to replace Wal-Mart rather than keep it.

Skillicorn said the ongoing legal battle makes the village look weak. He’s also upset about the $100,000 of wasted  legal fees spent so far.

“I think that’s quite egregious,” Skillicorn said. “The fact is the law as it’s written has a gaping loophole. All Wal-Mart has to do is say this building doesn’t make enough money for us, and then they can leave. Right now it looks like we lost Dominick’s, lost Wal-Mart, and the best the village can do is sue Wal-Mart. That’s kind of silly. The question is how are we going to approach new businesses to come in, or are we going to sue people who want to leave?”

Lynam went so far as to say Wal-Mart leaving is “a good thing for the town.” He, too, believes times spent trying to save the village’s marriage with Wal-Mart is time that could be better spent wooing a new retail relationship.