A press release from State Rep. Allen Skillicorn:
Rep. Skillicorn Opposes Referendum & Quick Take Legislation
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-Dundee) is opposing the Kane County Forest Preserve $50 Million Property Tax Hike Referendum on the April 4th ballot and the Quick Take Eminent Domain Authorization Bill for Kane County properties.
The Kane County Board recently approved a $50 Million Referendum for the Kane County Forest Preserve on the April 4th consolidated election.
The Kane County Board also passed a resolution asking the General Legislature to pass Quick Take Eminent Domain powers.
“Kane property taxes are the 2nd highest in the state of Illinois and according the non-partisan Tax Foundation are 4 to 5 times higher than the national average.
“All Kane County property taxes should be frozen until property values and growth catches up with tax levies. It is inappropriate to discuss any tax hikes in today’s economic reality.
“I applaud Kane County Board Members Jarett Sanchez (D-Carpentersville), Doug Scheflow (R-Elgin), and Thomas (T.R.) Smith (R-Maple Park) for standing up to special interests who want higher property taxes for Kane County residents,” Skillicorn continued.
“At the same time I’m taking a stand against high Kane County property taxes, I feel the county should not use Quick Take Eminent Domain powers against homeowners.
“I believe the Kane County Transportation Department should negotiate in good faith with property owners, not exercise special powers that can only be granted by Springfield legislators.”
Link to Kane County $50 Million Referendum.
Link to Quick Take Eminent Domain resolution.
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Language of the Forest Preserve Referendum:
PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $50,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS
Shall the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Illinois, borrow money and issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $50,000,000 to acquire and preserve forests and natural lands, protect wildlife habitats, enhance flood control, improve hiking and biking trails and fishing and other recreational areas, provide forest and wildlife education programs and improve forest preserves, wetlands and prairies, all in accordance with the purposes authorized by the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act of the State of Illinois, as amended?|The approximate impact of the proposed increase on the owner of a single-family home having a market value of $250,000 would be $22 in the first year of the increase if the increase is fully implemented.