*ENDORSED BY THE NORTHWEST HERALD
*ENDORSED BY THE DAILY HERALD
“Skala is the finance committee chair on the board, and has a proven record of fighting to lower property taxes. We endorse Skala.”
“In District 5, incumbent Michael Skala makes an impressive case for keeping him in office. He has a firm grasp on the issues and an important role as chairman of the finance committee. The Huntley resident also understands the bigger picture when it comes to balancing the desire for growth and the need to protect McHenry County’s resources, including its limited water supply. He earns our support.”
Thank you for visiting my web site. I created this site so the residents in County Board District 5 can learn about my accomplishments and goals for McHenry County. As you can see, I have set this site up to be interactive. Please use the “Contact Mike” link on this page. Let me know what you like about McHenry County. Let me know what you don’t like. Tell me how you think the County should best go about improving the quality of life for its residents. I will do my best to respond to all correspondences in a reasonable time period.
People often ask me why I want to serve. My motivation is simple. The biggest issue for people in McHenry County is taxes, and I appreciate the opportunity to help make decisions that shape County policy in that area. I currently serve as the Chairman of the Finance Committee, and have voted every year for a reduced budget. Along those lines, as a board member I have never voted to take increased tax revenue allowed through state laws. By not taking this available tax revenue, taxpayers have saved more than $14 million.That’s $14 million that stayed in taxpayers’ pockets rather than being sent to McHenry County to fund operations.
This year’s budget is $23 million lower than it was four years ago, and county employee headcount has been reduced by 15% during that same time period. This was accomplished by smart planning and budgeting that focused on finding more efficient ways to conduct business.
Before being elected to the McHenry County Board, I served for 14 years as a member and as President of the District 158 Board of Education. In that role I was an advocate for the families and taxpayers in Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Lakewood and Union. I worked very hard to balance what was best for students with what was best for taxpayers. Today, District 158 is one of the highest-achieving school districts in Illinois, while it spends below the state average per student.
Outside of my public service life, I own small businesses in Huntley and Woodstock. I am an active member of Resurrection Parish and volunteer on a variety of boards and committees.
I believe the County Board has done some great things during the last four years, and I would enjoy the opportunity to continue working toward a better tomorrow for all of us who call McHenry County Home. I hope to have your support and vote in the March 15 Primary and in the November General Election.