Rep. Dan Ugaste Concentrating Agenda on Property Tax Relief

From State Rep. Dan Ugaste:

Ugaste’s Legislative Agenda Focused on Property Tax Relief

SPRINGFIELD—In an effort to reduce property taxes in Illinois, State Representative Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) has filed six bills to provide necessary property tax relief for Illinois taxpayers and businesses. 

Rep. Ugaste’s legislation will allow taxpayers to consolidate government entities that are too expensive and to ease the high property tax burden weighing on residents in his 65th community and statewide.

“The Democrat controlled Property Tax Relief Task Force failed to produce any solutions to help our taxpayers,” Ugaste said. “Our high property taxes are forcing too many families and businesses to leave, and residents are fed up.  The bills that I have filed are a step forward to provide the real relief the task force failed to do.”

Rep. Ugaste’s 2020 agenda includes the following bills:

  • HB4493:  Requires elementary and high school districts to form new unit districts together, instead of having separate school districts for each.
  • HB 4494:  Limits local units of government and their ability to continue bonds. 
  • HB4495: For redevelopment projects, “blighted areas” must have a household median income of 100% or less of the area median income, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • HB4496:  Allows voters to consolidate townships if other units of government can operate more efficiently.
  • HB4498: Limits tax increment financing (TIF) to 15 years.
  • HB4762:  Prohibits taxing districts from holding more than 150% of the previous levy year’s property tax collections and requires excess amounts to be refunded to taxpayers.

A full list of his bills for the 101st General Assembly (2019-2020) can be found at:


Rep. Dan Ugaste Concentrating Agenda on Property Tax Relief — 6 Comments

  1. Although this is not a Ugaste Bill, Can anyone tell me why this is not the dumbest bill introduced into the house in recent memory.


    2/5/2020 House Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Camille Y. Lilly
    Synopsis As Introduced

    Creates the Gas Station Attendant Act. Provides that no gas may be pumped at a gas station in this State unless it is pumped by a gas station attendant employed at the gas station. Effective January 1, 2021.

  2. How about cutting uselayers of government and future pensions?

    Start with townships and single school school districts.

  3. Two-thirds of our and most people’s real estate tax bills are for schools. We will not get relief until school management is downsized by greatly consolidating districts and then eliminating redundant administrative staff positions. Huge haircuts needed for administration and teachers re salaries and pensions and benefits.

    Illinois needs to set as a goal to be among the lowest cost per student in this Nation ALONG WITH excellent student outcomes. Benchmark the best performing State(s) in the U.S. and then take vigorous actions to emulate their operations.

  4. School consolidation savings from having fewer admninistrators will be much, much less than the extra cost of raising grade school teachers’ salaries to the level which high school teachers receive.

  5. Who says there will be ANY Administrative cost savings?

    Unless reduced administrative spending is mandate, school districts spend as they please on Admin.

    Also on whom they please.

    Woodstock CUSD 200 has “retired ” 50-something Admins double dipping in positions arguably unnecessary.

    consolidation will do nothing to stanch that consolidated district’s incestuous corruption and waste of taxpayer dollars.

  6. Is Ugaste aghast at all the stupidity & corruption in Springhell?

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