A tentative 2020 budget approved by the McHenry County Mental Health Board will ensure that more than 30 partner agencies are fully funded, but it also will abate $500,000 in surplus reserves, according to a news release from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks.
Franks commended the Mental Health Board, saying its ability to expand services while abating unneeded surplus funds is a model other governments should follow.
“This is how it’s done,” Franks said in the release.
Franks said the Mental Health Board has been able to fund a sober living home, work to build a 24-hour permanent homeless shelter set to open later this year south of McHenry, and support training and distribution of naloxone – a drug used to counter an opioid overdose – to 350 first responders who have prevented 94 opioid overdose deaths so far.
“And after all this, the year after the Mental Health Board paid off its debt for its Crystal Lake building, it decided that it could give half a million dollars it doesn’t need back to the taxpayers while still maintaining a very comfortable reserve,” Franks said in the release.
The release said the Mental Health Board has kept its levy flat for the past six years.
“I believe McHenry County’s property tax bills would be much lower if every taxing body had the wisdom, forethought and discipline of the Mental Health Board and Executive Director Scott Block,” Franks said in the release.