November 11, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
Village trustees continually get questions from residents wondering about the amount of taxes they pay and where all the money goes. Property taxes are collected by the County Treasurer twice a year and the amount paid is based on tax levies that are set and published during the months of Oct-Dec of the previous year by all taxing bodies. So, where do your tax dollars go and what do they pay for?

The Village of Spring Grove receives only 3.63% of your tax dollars, or in the example below, $279. (Note - this is a Richmond Township example vs. Burton Township). Out of this payment only 48.1% or $134 goes to the operations of the Village; the rest goes to fund the Police Pension. This covers maintenance, paving and snowplowing of all public roads, street lighting costs, 24-hour police protection; the maintenance and establishment of parks, and the Village sponsored Rec programs, administration staff and public works salaries.
School Dist 2 - 33.61% or $2,579. This amount covers the operation and maintenance of the grade school and middle school facilities, books and classroom supplies, furniture, administration staff and teacher’s salaries.
School Dist 157 - 29.13% or $2,236. This amount covers the operation and maintenance of the high school facilities, books and classroom supplies, furniture, administration staff and teacher’s salaries.
McHenry County - 7.87% or $603.78. This amount is used for county administrative services, Sheriff's Police, the county jail and courthouse, State's Attorneys, Health Dept. and the Highway Dept. which maintains county roads and bridges.
Spring Grove Fire Protection - 6.15% or $472. This covers the 24-hour operations of fire and ambulance service and facilities, along with equipment and employee salaries.
McHenry County College - 3.56% or $273. This amount covers the operations of facilities, teacher’s and administration staff salaries.
Richmond Township Road & Bridge - 2.41% or $185. This amount covers the operation of facilities, staffing salaries, township road paving, maintenance and snowplowing.
McHenry County Conservation Dist. - 2.28% or $175. This funds the operations of facilities, staff salaries, and acquisition of properties for future open space. Glacial Park, Chain O’Lakes State Park and Nippersink Canoe Basin are a few of the properties they manage.
Nippersink Library 1.90% or $146.  This amount is used to fund the operation of facilities, staff salaries, the purchase of books and various other materials for use by the public.
Richmond Township 1.21% or $92.93. Services provided are public assistance and senior bus transportation.
Richmond Township Cemetery .119% or $9.18. This amount covers the cost of operations and maintenance of township cemeteries.

As you can see, the village only receives a very small portion of your property tax bill. Over the years we have operated under very tight budgets and minimum amount of staffing. We never recovered from the great recession and now we have the negative effects of COVID-19 on our budget and the local economy has taken a hit.
 
Our current one-acre zoning has a very expensive infrastructure cost when compared to the amount of revenue collected from our subdivisions. The cost of road paving has tripled over the years. With over 54 miles of roads to maintain and the cost of snowplowing, street lighting, parks, and patrolling of our streets, the current revenue stream is no longer able to meet the needs of our village roads program.
 
The Village Board has been reviewing revenue options, cost savings options, and the expansion of economic development. We are very aware of the property taxes we all pay and yes, it is a lot - understood! Raising them is one option off the table.
 
I ask you to look over your property tax bill and understand how much you pay to the village for all the services it offers in return. We appreciate it. I will ask the Village Board to explore all options over the next few months. I can assure you this board will continue to operate under very tight fiscal responsibility now and in the future.

Mark Eisenberg
Village President
Veterans Day
The Village thanks all Veterans for their service and sacrifice to our nation. Please note the Municipal Centre is open today and garbage collection will take place as scheduled.
Be Visible at Night
With fall's shorter days, many of us find ourselves outside exercising in the dark. To increase your visibility to drivers, wear reflective vests, glow-in-the-dark stickers that affix to your hat and shoes, LED armbands, or other types of hands-free lights. Also, don't wear black or other dark colors. Choosing bright colors, or even white, will help make you more visible to drivers who are not thinking about encountering joggers and cyclists.
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Pet Nail Clipping this weekend
Nature's Feed is hosting a pet nail clipping event this Saturday, November 14 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. A donation is recommended which will benefit the Helping Hands and Richmond/Spring Grove Food Pantry. Nature's Feed is located at 2440 Westward Drive. Call 815-675-2008 or visit www.naturesfeed.net.
Landscape Burning Restrictions and other Prohibitions
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The burning of landscape is allowed on the weekends in October and November; however, there are restrictions. You may only burn when the winds are less than 10 mph, and only between dawn and dusk. Prohibited at all times: burning of manure and garbage, burning of landscape waste within 100 feet of a habitable structure and burning of landscape waste within 50 feet of a non-habitable structure. View more information regarding burning regulations here. Landscape waste will be picked up through Nov. 30.
Treasurer Position Available
The village is seeking a qualified individual to fill the role of Village Treasurer. A bachelor’s degree in accounting or closely related field desired but not a requirement, or a minimum of two years of experience in an accounting position, preferably governmental accounting. View more position details here.
Photo of the Week
Emily Berkeley took this beautiful photo at Hatchery Park on October 5. Hatchery Park is open every day for walking, picnicking and fishing. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Salon Jevee
Salon Jevee wants to thank you for your business and wishes everyone a safe and healthy Thanksgiving! They would like to remind you to book your appointments now for the holidays! View more information here. Salon Jevee is located at 2207 Route 12 in the Spruce Point shopping center.
16th Annual Tailgate 4 Education
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This year, instead of a dinner and a live and silent auction to raise funds for Richmond Grade School, the RGS PTO will be holding a 13-day raffle with amazing prizes to give away. Each prize is valued at over $200 with the grand prize being $2,020 in cash! Raffle drawing started this week, with the Grand Prize drawing being held on November 22. View information on all of the sponsors and prize details here!
Operation Feed 33
The Jake Vinyard Foundation Operation Feed 33 will be providing meals to those in need this Christmas. Donations are accepted from November 2 - December 12. View donation suggestions and drop off locations here. Check Facebook for more details and visit jakevinyardfoundation.com.
Vehicle Sticker Citations
The 2020-2021 vehicle sticker fee has now doubled to $40 per vehicle. Additionally, officers are writing citations for those who have yet to purchase stickers for their vehicles. You may purchase stickers in person or online here. New residents have 30 days from the time they move in to purchase stickers.
COVID-19 Update
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As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, McHenry County is now facing tighter restrictions aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus. The region's 7-day rolling average of people who tested positive exceeded the 8% threshold for three consecutive days.

Indoor dining and bar service are restricted and in-person gatherings are limited to 25 people. Read the State's press release for a full list of restrictions.

If key metrics like positivity rate, hospital admissions and ICU bed availability return to stable levels, then the region will return to Phase 4. So, please, keep practicing the 3 Ws: Watch your distance, wear a mask properly (covering your mouth AND nose) and wash your hands frequently.

A map and information of the status of every Illinois county can be found on the IDPH website here. View a map of the United States and other countries to view potential risks associated with traveling. Areas with increased risk of COVID-19 are based on case rates.

If you have health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 800-889-3931 or email questions here.
Blast from the Past - From Blacksmith to Mechanic
Nick Nett's was a descendant of one of the earliest pioneers. His1918 WWI draft card showed his occupation as a self-employed blacksmith in Ringwood. Ford's Model T had been introduced to the masses in 1908 and the number of blacksmiths started to decrease as many former blacksmiths became the initial generation of automobile mechanics. Nick soon abandoned his blacksmith shop and started in the auto mechanic business in Spring Grove at 1923 Main Street.

His shop was described as a "handsome and well-equipped garage," where you could find "expert mechanics, complete lubrication, a tow car and all that goes to make up fast, accommodating and reasonably priced service to the motorist." In those days, a motorist would drive up to the curb where the gas pumps stood and an attendant would come out and fill it up! The photo with the cars is from around 1932.

The cash register shown was the same model Nick used in his garage. Back then, a chattel mortgage would be filed to make sure there was no default in payment. He paid $237 in 15 payments of $15 and one for $11.50. $15 dollars in 1925 is equivalent to about $225 today.

Around 1937, the Nett family moved to McHenry where they ran a tavern, as by that time prohibition had been repealed. The building became a farm store, where tractors were sold and equipment was repaired. In the 1980s a fire destroyed much of the building and when the facade was rebuilt the patterned brickwork design was left off the upper section, although the bricklayers tried to keep a vintage look. Today the building is used for storage.
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