About the Village
Home to approximately 30,046 people, the Village of Algonquin is nestled in the Fox River Valley which lies in both Kane and McHenry Counties. Algonquin provides residents and businesses alike an exceptional quality of life with outstanding recreational amenities, educational opportunities, and an expansive mixture of restaurants and shopping malls offering a variety of leisure time activities. In addition to providing a friendly and safe community, Algonquin believes in providing residents leisure opportunities involving the great outdoors. Parks and Recreation amenities are abundant in Algonquin, with a park located within walking distance of most residents. There are 21 parks conveniently located throughout the Village to ensure regional connectivity. The Village of Algonquin strives to achieve environmental friendly initiatives along with appealing environmental aesthetics.
Form of Government
The Village of Algonquin is formally organized under the Trustee-Village form of government and combines the strong political leadership of elected officials (in the form of the Village Board) with the professional experiences of an appointed local government administrator. The Board consists of a President, six Trustees, and a Village Clerk, elected at large to serve overlapping four-year terms. The Board appoints the Village Manager to carry out its directives and oversee the delivery of public services. The Village Manager also supervises the daily operations of the Village and all of its departments.
In 1995, the Board passed an ordinance that modeled the Village’s government after the Council-Manager form. According to the Illinois City/County Management Association, “Under the council-manager form, power is concentrated in the elected council, which hires a professional administrator to implement its policies. This appointee serves at the pleasure of the council and has responsibility for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, hiring and firing personnel, and serving as the council’s chief policy advisor.”
Property Taxes - Rate at $100 per assessed value
Property Tax Stability
The Village is annually recognized by professional organizations for its budget presentation, performance management, excellence in financial reporting, accountability, and transparency. The Village continues to maintain a AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor’s, which is the highest rating that the agency issues.
Algonquin utilizes performance metrics and analytics for the evaluation and assessment of infrastructure, equipment, and service delivery. This performance management program aids in cost-reduction, program-prioritization, and quality improvement.
Through these efforts, combined with quality planning, transportation initiatives, and economic development, the Village Board has kept property taxes flat, reducing the total tax levy below year 2008 levels.
As important as the amount of taxes being levied is where the property tax dollars are being spent. The Board has increased the amount dedicated to public safety (police officers, school resource officers & crossing guards) by 80% since 2008 while reducing the General Corporate levy to $0.00.
Cost-containment and tightly managed spending priorities will continue to drive decision making in the years ahead.
Transform Illinois Award
Algonquin was honored to receive the second ever “Local Transformer Award” from Transform Illinois, a collaborative of local elected officials, civic organizations and research institutions dedicated to promoting and supporting local government efficiency efforts in Illinois. Transform Illinois’ members include the Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, Better Government Association, League of Women Voters, and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
These taxpayer advocates selected Algonquin’s example as a winning model for how to make Illinois government more efficient. Specifically, the Village was recognized for embracing a business-like mentality of providing services through sharing staff and pooling resources with neighboring communities to create more effective operations.
For more information visit http://www.transformillinois.org/