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2nd round of Valley Hi rebate checks set to go out to McHenry County residents

A second round of checks from the $15 million rebate of Valley Hi Nursing Home surplus funds is expected to go out Monday, McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller said.

About 500 checks will be mailed, a majority of which will go to homeowners wishing to have their checks issued in their own names rather than the bank that is holding their property in a trust, Miller said.

McHenry County Deputy Administrator Scott Hartman said in October that issuing the rebate checks to the bank handling the trust was performed as an anti-fraud measure.

However, a number of these homeowners had trouble redeeming their rebates. Some homeowners claimed that their bank was charging a fee to have their check cashed.

McHenry County received 52,807 applications to claim more than $9 million of the $15 million rebate, which was approved by the McHenry County Board in April.

About 5,000 applications were rejected for not meeting the necessary eligibility requirements. Of the 304 rejection appeals filed during the 30-day appeal period, all but 55 were granted.

Residents who owned and occupied taxable, homestead-exempt residential property at the time the rebate was approved – who also paid their 2017 property taxes in full – were eligible to recoup almost 30% of the county government’s share of last year’s property tax bill.

Miller said the county worked with a third-party vendor to get the first round of about 47,000 checks mailed out, which cost about $18,000.

In order for checks made payable to a bank to be reissued, applicants must provide documentation that it is their house in the trust.

Miller said residents who want their uncashed checks reissued under their name should drop them off at or mail them to the McHenry County Treasurer’s Office, 2100 N. Seminary Ave., by mid-November.

Miller said she hopes the third round will be the final time rebate checks are sent out.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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