That’s how I read this press release from State Rep. Mike Tryon.
The first one to do systematic research on the subject of school districts paying both the employer and the employee side of teachers’ pensions was former Huntley School Board member Larry Snow. You can read his analysis in the article below:
Tryon’s press release follws:
State Rep. Mike Tryon Files Transparency Legislation for Property Tax Bills
SPRINGFIELD…..Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) has filed a bill to increase transparency on property tax bills.
House Bill 3936 would amend the Illinois Property Tax Code by mandating that any taxing district which pays a percentage of its employees’ contributions to a public pension fund include on tax bills the dollar amount of tax due that would be used to for that purpose.
“For the last 30-plus years, units of government have had to list on tax bills the amount of taxes due that represent the employer’s portion of pension benefits,” said Tryon.
“What many people don’t know is that many units of government also pick up a portion of the employee’s share of pension costs.”
According to Tryon, his goal is to see that all pension systems are treated equally with regard to disclosure.
He added that if successful, taxpayers would have a greater understanding of how their tax dollars are being used.
“Employers picking up a portion of employee share of pensions is not an uncommon occurrence, but most people aren’t aware that it’s happening,” Tryon said.
“I think taxpayers have a right to know when their local units of government have negotiated agreements which have them paying for a portion of their employees’ share of pension costs.”
Tryon said he is hopeful the bill will be allowed to be debated on the House floor and that it will ultimately gain wide, bipartisan support.