Yesterday, McHenry County Blog noted that State Rep. Jack Franks’ bill was “headline” bill, that is one, that was put up to garner local press, but never intended to be enacted.
In fact, I quoted a state legislator close to the Illinois Municipal League to the effect that the bill was going nowhere.
Now the proof.
Look what is on the Illinois Municipal League’s web site:
Senator Link Message on Property Tax Legislation
By Joe McCoy, Legislative Director, IML
State Senator Terry Link has asked the IML to make our membership aware that he has no intention of advancing a PTELL provision opposed by communities across the state. SB 2073, as amended in the House, proposes to prevent non-home rule local governments from capturing inflationary increases through the property tax if the overall assessed valuation within the local government jurisdiction has declined from that of the prior year. Senator Link’s statement is below.
The IML would like to thank Senator Link for his opposition to the House amendment.
When I introduced Senate Bill 2073, the original intent of the bill was to require the Property Tax Appeal Board to issue a decision within one year from the date the appeal was received.
However, once the bill passed over to the House, Representative Jack Franks signed on as the chief sponsor.
He then amended the measure with house amendment 6, a hostile amendment which essentially limits local municipalities’ authority to levy a tax based on the needs of the community and student population, removing local control.
I am sending this letter to inform you I DO NOT SUPPORT Representative Frank’s amendment.
I will hold this measure in the Senate and make sure it never comes to a vote.
I share your concerns and appreciate your interest in the matter.
The measure is dead on arrival.
You should know that there is another bill in the General Assembly that is similar to Senate Bill 2073.
I recently learned of Senate Bill 2862, which is similar to the amendment Representative Franks placed on my legislation.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to my Springfield office.
State Senator, 30th Legislative District
In the past there has been tension between Link and Franks.