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Illinois lawmakers call for significant property tax reduction, not another study | Illinois

(The Central Plaza) – Gov. JB Pritzker may have another chance to create a task force to conduct a study of Illinois’ property tax system after a measure advanced in both chambers despite some saying it would be a waste of time.

State Rep. Mary Beth Canty, D-Arlington Heights, defended Senate Bill 3455 create a task force including members of the Illinois Department of Revenue and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to conduct a study to evaluate the property tax system in the state.

State Rep. Brad Halbrook, R-Shelbyville, noted that a similar study was conducted after being created in 2019. Canty did not have the results of that study.

“People are leaving this state in droves because of high property taxes, high income taxes and things like that… X,Y,Z, name your tax. In 2019 the gasoline tax doubled. We don’t know the results of what happened with this 2019 task force that has 88 members, and yet we’re putting together another bill,” Halbrook said. “This isn’t rocket science. We’re not trying to put a man on the moon here. You could get 10 people together and by tomorrow morning we could have an answer to what needs to be done here to reform this system. “We want to make another bill that does nothing and goes nowhere.”

In 2020, after the Illinois Property Tax Relief Task Force missed his deadline, Illinois Republicans saying They did not approve a draft report because it did not include substantial changes to the state’s property tax system.

Canty said proponents of his bill in this General Assembly believe that previous studies that have been done on the property tax system were not enough to address the inequities they say exist in the property tax system. the property. Halbrook pressed her on those “inequalities.”

“What inequalities and what system?” Halbrook asked.

“In Cook County, in particular, they have a different model for assessing property taxes and they differentiate between residential and commercial properties,” Canty said. “There is a belief that that system is not equitable and we would like to do an independent study to determine if that is true and, if so, we will have recommendations on how to make adjustments.”

Halbrook said the facts are that Illinois has one of the highest property taxes in the country.

State Rep. Tom Weber, R-Fox Lake, said he was on the property tax relief task force in 2019 and a lot of good initiatives were introduced and none came to fruition.

“Over 70% of our property taxes go to our school districts and they should be involved and we should try to understand where that 70% goes,” Weber said. “We have no property taxpayers involved and this is going to be another waste of time.”

Weber said no one in the legislative body has the courage to approve a significant property tax reduction.

State Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, joked that the Chicago Chamber of Commerce supported him and that they are not a “leftist big government interest group.”

“I understand that we didn’t fix everything in 2019 and if we understand that that means we should stop trying to fix the problems with the property tax system and just live with it as is forever, then I think we should vote ‘no.’ ‘ in this bill, but if we think that there is still more to learn about how to improve the property tax system in this state, I think this bill provides a clear and wonderful road map to achieve some significant reform and I urge a ‘yes’ vote,” Guzzardi said.

The bill passed both chambers and can now be sent to the governor for further action.