We need real reformers like Diane Johnson and Kathy Bergan Schmidt on the County Board to fight for taxpayers in McHenry County
Diane Johnson and Kathy Bergan Schmidt have a long-standing commitment to the community as volunteers and public servants. They want to join the County Board to put an end to cronyism and corruption. They are experienced, dedicated and proven leaders. Johnson and Bergan Schmidt will stand up to the "business as usual" crowd on the McHenry County Board and work with Jack Franks to cut your property tax bill.
Mike Walkup has been raising your taxes for over a decade
Crystal Lake Park Board
- September 20, 2007 – Walkup voted to issue debt and to levy a direct annual tax to pay interest on bonds.
- November 15, 2007 and December 6, 2007 – Walkup voted to increase the tax levy to the maximum allowed.
- October, 2011 – Walkup voted to raise the levy over $1 million dollars to almost $7 million dollars from the previous budgets.
- November, 2011 – Walkup voted again to increase the tax levy to the maximum allowed.
McHenry County Board
- December, 2013 – Walkup voted to increase the daily room rate at Valley Hi Nursing Home on low-income seniors, even though there was a $35 Million dollar surplus at the time.
- 2013, 2014, 2015 – Levied $15 million dollars in additional taxes while Vally Hi had a 3 year surplus of excess funds.
- April 21, 2015 – Walkup voted to increase the automation fund fees making McHenry County the highest in the State for fees on traffic violations.
- May 19, 2015 – Walkup voted to increase the debt service bank administrative fee, further increasing the highest costs in the State, for traffic violations.
- July 7, 2015 – Walkup voted to increase the Department of Planning and Development Fees.
Mike Walkup’s legal problems since being on the County Board
- October 9, 2012 – arrested for speeding and received supervision though he had previously received supervision for speeding less than a year before, and was ineligible for supervision.
- February 7, 2013 – Housing violations, presence of structure without proper permits
- March, 2014 – Walkup rear-ended a driver and was cited for failure to reduce speed and is being sued in excess of $50,000.
- September 23, 2015 – Walkup was cited for having an uninsured vehicle (Case dismissed by prosecutor)
- October 2, 2015 – Walkup was cited for speeding and improper lane usage vehicle (Case dismissed by prosecutor) Walkup was not required to pay the court fees that everyone else pays for violations.
Walkup currently under investigation amid allegations of fraud
- The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund has demanded that Walkup provide documentation of his hours worked on the County Board to prove his eligibility for a pension, and he has refused to cooperate. He stated publicly on March 17th, 2016 at the County Board meeting, that he would claim his 5th Amendment Right against self-incrimination.
- Walkup is under multiple investigations by the Illinois State Board of Elections for campaign finance disclosure irregularities. Walkup took tens of thousands of dollars improperly from one Cook County donor and has failed to account for the money properly.
- Walkup’s former law partner sued him for fraud.
Walkup’s Kishwaukee Valley Water Authority: another tax, another layer of government
- Walkup tried to create the Water Authority to tax and regulate water usage in McHenry County. Walkup ran a referendum to create an additional level of government that would increase property taxes.
- Walkup wanted the citizens to cede their water rights to the Water Authority, which would consist of unelected commissioners on a three member board. Two individuals on the board would determine land and water usage in McHenry County but would live in other counties.
- The new taxing authority would have eminent domain and condemnation powers and be able to prohibit an individual from fishing on their own property.
- The proposed Water Authority would have been able to issue tens of millions of dollars in bonds to increase property taxes. Fortunately, the referendum was defeated 80% to 20%
Walkup is running for two taxpayer-funded jobs simultaneously
- In 2013 Walkup voted for a County Board resolution prohibiting anyone from holding two elected positions simultaneously.
- But now in 2016, Walkup is running for two elected positions simultaneously.
- Walkup is receiving full disability payments, yet is seeking two taxpayer-funded jobs simultaneously.