Reader “Connecting Dots” inserted this property tax information in a comment under the article, “McSweeney Introduces Eleven Bills.”
There are comments on more than one of the bills, but with regard to McSweeney’s House Bill 178 to freeze township extensions that have a population of 100,000 or less and are located in a Tax Capped county, the following is offered as a reality check, I guess:
Here are some statistics McSeeney can use: Property tax EXTENSION INCREASES from 2008 to 2013: (This is the actual dollars NOT the rate)
- PARK DISTRICTS —-——-—–1.60 %
- TOWNSHIPS——————-—–4.86 %
- MUNICIPALITIES——————5.73 %
- LIBRARY BOARDS————-—6.45 %
- FIRE DEPARTMENTS————6.88 %
- TWP ROAD DISTRICTS—-—–7.00 %
- COUNTY AND MCCD————-7.68 %
- COMMUNITY COLLEGES——-7.91 %
- CEMETARIES———————–9.16 %
- SCHOOL DISTRICTS——–—-12.75 %
The winner is of course school districts – not Townships.
Statements relative to flat property taxes being collected by the County are not reflected in the property tax extensions as listed on the County website. [Extensions are the amounts taxpayers are asked to pay. Almost all property taxes are eventually collected.]
Do note that this study was done comparing 2008 to 2013.
In the same period, property owners in the County have LOST close to ONE-THIRD of their property values.