SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Continuing her efforts to provide meaningful property tax relief to homeowners, state Rep. Fran Hurley, D-Chicago, voted recently for a new property tax relief package that would freeze local rates for two years.
“People throughout my district have expressed how the increase in property taxes have made it increasingly difficult to stay in their homes,” Hurley said. “This legislation is an effort to provide relief for these hardworking families throughout the community.”
Hurley backed Senate Bill 851, which freezes property taxes for all units of government in Will, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage and Cook Counties for two years. During this time, homeowners would have to approve any proposed property tax increase. Additionally, the measure would provide relief to taxpayers by increasing senior-specific exemptions, as well as exemptions for other homeowners. Under Hurley’s plan, voters would have the ability to extend the freeze beyond two years.
Senate Bill 851 passed the House with bipartisan support and will now be considered by the Senate.
“Nobody should be driven from the home or neighborhood they want to live in due to excessive property tax bills,” Hurley said. “I was glad to see that this measure received bipartisan support in the House, and I encourage the Senate to take immediate action so that we can bring real relief to residents now.”