Illinoisans pay second-highest property taxes in nation; taxpayers deserve relief

Lemont, IL…With property tax installment deadlines looming across the 82nd District, State Representative Nicole La Ha is calling out Supermajority Democrats running Springfield for recent tax shifts, tax hikes, and mandates expected to drive property taxes even higher across District 82 communities.

“Property taxes in Illinois are out of control, placing an undue burden on our hardworking families,” said Rep. La Ha. “It’s time for real change and genuine relief. I am committed to fighting for lower property taxes, ensuring that our communities can thrive without being weighed down by excessive tax rates. Together, we can make Illinois a more affordable place to live.”

According to a Wallet Hub study released in February 2024, Illinois has the second-highest property tax burden in the country. Illinois has a statewide 2.23% property tax rate burden when all 102 counties are combined.

The facts are clear, Illinoisans have one of the highest overall tax burdens – largely due to out-of-control property tax rates. Yet, as families struggle to make ends meet, the majority party has done nothing to address high property taxes. Instead, they focus on adding social programs to our General Revenue liabilities while failing to properly fund education and local governments as promised in the 1970 Illinois constitution.

Numerous proposals supported by Rep. La Ha would freeze, suspend, or outright reduce property taxes, various sales taxes, income taxes, and fuel taxes throughout this General Assembly. Democrats have refused to call these tax relief proposals for a vote, instead opting to raise nearly $1 billion in tax hikes in the new State Budget and to shift the burden of tax hikes onto local governments at the end of the Spring Session.

Included in the tax relief measures supported by Rep. La Ha are:

HB4242: Increases the amount of the homestead exemption for persons with disabilities from $2,000 to $4,000.

HB4244: Increases the income limit for the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption from $65,000 to $80,000.

HB4866: Requires the State Board of Education to establish a program to award property tax relief grants to school districts across the state, 100% of which would go to taxpayers in the form of property tax relief.

HB4229: Makes licensed day care facilities that are exclusively used for charitable purposes exempt from taxation.

“As legislators, we have a responsibility to make the lives of our constituents easier, not harder,” Rep. La Ha said. “Continuing to raise taxes while we’re all struggling through the reality of inflation is tone-deaf and unacceptable. I will continue to fight for tax relief in any way that I can.”

The people of Illinois need property tax relief now, not tomorrow. They demand property tax relief today. They are not getting relief from Supermajority Democrats, who recently broke their own House Rules to hike taxes on Illinoisans, once again.

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