Category Archives: Property Taxes

Shifting Education Costs the Other Way: Onto the State

In my last post, I said that the pension cost shift that the Governor proposed in his budget address is nothing but an attempt to balance the State’s budget on the backs of property taxpayers, and that I would not … Continue reading

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This Is What Happens When Democrats Do Tax Bills

Combine a limitation on state and local taxes (SALT) under the new Federal tax bill with Democrats scrambling to score political points in an election year, stir in a dash of hypocrisy, and what do you get? You get H.B. … Continue reading

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“Silence of the Dems”, Lisa Madigan Edition

In the past several months, the Chicago Tribune has extensively researched and written about the assessment practices of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, finding a pattern of: “[C]lout, patronage and incompetence…that assigns property values and thus helps shape tax bills. … Continue reading

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Electoral Chicken Feed Disguised as a Tax Freeze

They call it “Veto Session”, but it really ought to be called “Propose Bills and Make Speeches That Can Be Used on Campaign Materials Session”. Case in point: Senate Bill 851, which would require counties to freeze all property tax … Continue reading

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Sometimes You Have To Hold Your Nose And Vote “Yes”

On Monday, the House finally passed an education funding bill. The last time the legislature passed a funding bill was in 1997, and in those 20 years, the formula has been changed to the point where the original was barely … Continue reading

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