Rauner Signs Tax Hiking Bill

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Governor Bruce Rainer signed House Bill 5529, which serves as a tax cap evasion mechanism for school funding.

School boards deliberately tax far above their budgeted needs in the Transportation Fund, then (by virtue of Rauner’s endorsement) may transfer excess funds out of that fund into other tax-capped, taxing-to-the-max restricted Funds.

Seneca Township resident Susan Handelsman observes that property tax payers in Woodstock are paying 4.6% of homes’ fair market values due to spending by a school board employing this tax cap evasion technique.

This bill passage, so explicitly antagonistic towards property taxpayers, is inexplicable given Rauner’s language on a different bill he vetoed:

Illinois has the second highest property taxes in the country, and those taxes continue to rise. Many property owners struggle to make tax payments.

The current tax sale process provides both counties and taxpayers with a system through which to address unpaid or delinquent taxes.

Referring unpaid tax bills to private debt collectors would penalize property owners who are already facing skyrocketing property taxes.

First and foremost, we need to make property taxes more affordable.


Rauner Signs Tax Hiking Bill — 10 Comments

  1. We knew he was not going to support any constraints on the Progressive Social Agenda but this is a total disappointment.

    Did anyone get an answer to the question as to whether or not he actually understood the long term ramifications of this bill?

    I asked but got crickets.

    The really sad thing is that he presented the greatest ‘hope’ for us lowly taxpayers in the primary and the Donkey alternative would have been a worse disaster.

  2. What taxpayers must do now:

    Check your school budget.

    Money levied for the Transportation Fund, over and above projected transportation expenditures, may be considered excess accumulation.

    Taxpayers may file a tax rate objection and pursue a refund.

  3. Driving more people out of the state,
    while driving down home values.

    It is apparent more now than ever that
    Illinois’ fiscal condition will not be solved
    in our lifetime, or that of our children.

    What next ?

  4. RINO Rauner: Rearranging deck chairs on the USS Illinois-Titanic since ’15!

  5. Amazing.

    Jack Franks was the only member from McHenry County to vote against this and no mention from you, Cal.

    Doesn’t seem to square well with your mission of providing “news and opinion designed to bring to light matters of public interest and to encourage public participation in the governmental process.”

    Sounds more like your mission is to be a demagogue.

  6. I’m done with this phony.

    He talks about reform and property tax relief and then he signs this.

    Do you think we are stupid, Mr. Rauner?

    You’re done.

  7. When the Governor vetoes a bill, he issues a public statement as to why he did so.

    Perhaps the same effort should be made with respect to those pieces of legislation he signs.

    To me, this is just one more example of useless rhetoric.

    How does the endorsement of this bill comport with the Turnaround Agenda?

  8. Billionaire RINO Bruce Rauner is Pro-Abortion, Pro-Immigration, and now Pro-Taxation and Anti-Transparency.

    Viva La Rauner!

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