A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney:
McSweeney Calls on Speaker Madigan to Release Property Tax Relief Bill
Springfield –On the same day a special House committee heard testimony on a pension cost shift proposal to local school districts, state Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) had his property tax relief bill blocked by the House Rules Committee. McSweeney’s amended bill, Senate Bill 1937, is a proposal for Illinois residents living within township governments to get a 2-year property tax levy freeze and it also provides tax relief for seniors living with people with disabilities.
“We are here discussing a pension cost shift today, which will result in yet another property tax increase,” said McSweeney.
“Residents have had enough.
“Property taxes are through the roof at a time when home values and the market haven’t recovered.
“My bill would provide tax relief now and the bill deserves a fair shake.”
Earlier this week, McSweeney filed the amendment to Senate Bill 1937 which specifically calls for enacting the 2-year property tax freeze.
The House Rules Committee has not released the amended bill to the House Revenue Committee.
The Rules Committee is the place in which legislation can be killed or advanced by the Democratic House leaders.
“If my bill is released from Rules and doesn’t pass the House, so be it. That’s the democratic process,” added McSweeney.
“But, I have garnered significant support from both sides of the aisle on this bill and I respectfully ask the Speaker to reconsider this bill.
“I’m confident that I have the necessary votes to pass the bill in Revenue Committee and on the floor”
If released from Rules and then ultimately enacted, Senate Bill 1937 would take effect immediately and would impose a 2-year Township property tax levy freeze, covering tax billing years 2014-2015 for township governments only.
This is not McSweeney’s first attempt at property tax relief this session.
As one of his first actions in office, McSweeney proposed House Bill 95 which would freeze all property tax levies for three years. He was also lead co-sponsor and supported Representative Jack Franks’ House Bill 89, which would freeze all property tax levies when home values fall.
[Franks' bill tanked.]
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For more information about township taxes in McHenry County, click here.