Yesterday I saw Jack Franks and his father Herb in their Marengo law office, where I was waiting for a friend to complete an appointment.
Jack didn’t pause to shake hands, but his father, whom I met while I was County Treasurer during tax sale time, was his usual genial self.
Maybe it was the John O’Neill for State Rep. bumper sticker I had on my windshield in front of the rear view mirror that was off-putting. (It blocks the sun and is the best place to put a bumper sticker because more people can see it there than when you put in on the back of your car.)
In any event, although Jack is not happy with my reporting that he flipped on the Com Ed rate increase bill and other stories, he is on the side of the angels in his sponsorship of House Bill 3793.
You figure that out for yourselves by reading the following frantic email to township officials from the Township Officials of Illinois. That’s the organization that your tax dollars finance, by the way.
To: Township Officials
From: Bryan E. Smith, Executive Director
Date: November 2, 2011
Re: House Bill 3793
Urgent Legislative Matter – Contact Your Legislators
House Bill 3793 is currently on second reading in the Illinois House. This bill would affect Townships and Road Districts in PTELL (Tax Cap) Counties. This bill amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) to prevent a taxing district (Townships and Road Districts included) from capturing the CPI increase for its extension limitation if the district’s total EAV is less than the previous levy year. TOI OPPOSES this bill because it would reduce available property tax revenues for Townships and Road Districts. PTELL (Tax Caps) already limits (in those counties that have tax caps) the ability of Townships/Road Districts to capture all available growth during good economic times. It would be very unfair to also prevent a Township/Road District from capturing minimal cost-of-living increases that are available.
We have heard that the sponsor might try a legislative parliamentary procedure to get this passed during the final days of the VETO Session next week. The House could vote any time on this bill during VETO Session next week, November 8-10.
Please call your State Representative now in their Springfield office by calling 217.782.2000 (State Operator) and ask them to OPPOSE and vote NO on House Bill 3793.
Thank you for your assistance with this urgent legislative matter.
Office Manager, TOI
Drug and Alcohol Program
Taxpayers can, of course, call their legislator, too. The switchboard number is 217-782-2000.
Secretaries in Springfield usually keep tallies and you can bet the calls from taxeaters will exceed those from taxpayers.