Woodstock resident Susan Handlesman offers the following good advice of how you might influence Governor Bruce Rauner to veto a bill that is, if signed, is bound to increase local school taxes:
Contact Rauner: Stop schools’ tax cap evasion loophole, veto HB 5529
Schools have specific tax caps in discrete Funds. For example, 4% of EAV is maximum allowable rate in Education Fund.
One way schools evade these maximum rates allowed by law is to deliberately over-levy in another Fund (like Transportation Fund), then transfer excess accumulation of tax money into the tax capped Funds (like Education Fund).
This tax cap evasion loophole, which destroys the only real protection property taxpayers have left, is on Rauner’s desk to be signed .
The Governor has the power to STOP this House Bill 5529.
HB 5529 provides perversion of the spirit of the school code, which seeks to restrain school spending within (generous) limits relative to the means of the taxed community.
Link to email Rauner:
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You can read about the most recent attempt, an illegal one, to over levy in the Transportation Fund by linking to the article below: