Press Release

Sente Backs Measure to Streamline Property Tax Exemption Process for Seniors

05/20/2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Working to provide property tax relief for residents, state Representative Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, is sponsoring legislation to streamline the senior citizens homestead exemption application and renewal process.

“With so many members of our aging population living on fixed-incomes and struggling to stay in their own homes, we need to do everything we can to help hold the line on property taxes and provide financial relief,” Sente said. “This legislation removes bureaucratic red tape that serves only to prevent taxpayers from saving their hard-earned money.”

Senate Bill 1488 would allow all county boards to adopt a resolution that states if a person has already been granted a senior citizens homestead exemption, they need not reapply each year. Under current law, only counties other than Cook may choose to adopt such a resolution. The $5,000 senior homestead exemption is available only for residential property that serves as the primary residence of an owner, 65 years of age or older, during an assessment year.

“Life can be very unpredictable, especially for seniors who may be suffering from health issues or overcoming other challenges that come with old age. Reapplying for a standard annual exemption is often the last thing on their minds,” Sente said. “After a lifetime of giving back to our communities, we should not force these citizens to jump through extra hurdles just to save a few bucks.”



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