SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, is advocating for an expansion of the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption and the Disabled Veteran’s Standard Homestead Exemption in an effort to provide greater property tax relief to those hit hardest by the rising cost of living.
“Whenever I speak to residents at my regular coffee shop stops, town hall meetings, and citizens’ advisory committees, they continually share how frustrated they are with their ever-rising property taxes bills,” Sente said. “This property tax relief hones in on veterans and elderly residents, since they often struggle financially due to living on fixed incomes.”
Sente-backed House Bill 360 expands the number of veterans eligible for the disabled veteran’s standard homestead exemption by lowering the disability threshold required to qualify and allowing all non-disabled veterans over the age of 75 to receive relief. House Bill 381, also supported by Sente, expands the number of seniors who can receive property tax relief by expanding the income eligibility threshold which has gone unchanged for nearly a decade. Both increased exemptions would apply in taxable year 2017 and thereafter.
“After putting their lives on the line to serve our country and years of giving back to our communities, it is unconscionable to allow our state’s most vulnerable citizens to be forced out of their homes by skyrocketing property taxes,” Sente noted.
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