McHenry County depends on the State of Illinois and the Federal Government for authority and financial assistance to carry out its responsibilities and to effectively meet the needs of 307,409 (2013) county residents. In light of the recovering economic climate, it is vital that McHenry County maintain strong, working relationships with its state and federal legislators.
The McHenry County Legislative Program provides recommendations on a variety of issues that are significant to McHenry County. It is essential that McHenry County be able to govern without restrictions from various state and federal laws, statutes, and public acts slowing down changes necessary for the protection and enhancement of McHenry County residents.
While McHenry County is well aware of the current ongoing financial condition within the State of Illinois, McHenry County continues commitment to conservative fiscal management while providing superior services for residents. McHenry County wishes to emphasize the importance of the ability to create more effective governance and sound municipal financing.
The McHenry County Legislative Policy states:
Support legislation granting additional permissive authorities for counties.
Support legislation allowing counties to expand non-property tax revenue sources.
Oppose unfunded mandates imposed by the state or federal government.
Oppose legislation that would reduce the existing authority of county government.
Oppose legislation that erodes the existing County revenue base.
Support legislation that benefits the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of McHenry County