Press Release

Sente Fighting to Avoid Property Tax Hikes, Loss of Public Safety Services Amid Budget Impasse

10/16/2015

VERNON HILLS, Ill. - Responding to the dangers posed by the state's budget crisis, state Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, is sponsoring an initiative to prevent a potential property tax hike and the elimination of critical services provided by first responders.

"When our villages, counties and townships craft their annual budgets, they account for state funds and programs that have been promised to help them serve the needs of local residents," Sente said. "If these guaranteed revenues are not paid, local units of government may be forced to cancel essential services and raise property taxes in order to pay their bills."

Sente-backed House Bill 4305 would require the state to release revenue collected from various funds managed by the state, which by law must be shared with local units of government for specific purposes, including the operation of 911 call centers. Currently, the state continues to collect these fees, but due to Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the budget, they cannot be distributed. As a result, government entities could be forced to either raise property taxes or eliminate programs vital to public safety, elderly residents and the disabled in order to balance their budgets.

"Lake County residents are already subject to some of the highest property taxes in the state, and if the budgetary games continue, tax bills will become even more unaffordable for the middle-class families I represent," Sente said. "These are dollars that should not be part of the budget debate, as they cannot be used for anything other than their intended purpose. The state needs to uphold its commitment to our communities."



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