ROCKFORD, Ill. – Concerned that increasing property taxes are hurting local families, state Rep. Maurice West II, D-Rockford, recently backed proposals to create a property tax relief fund and a property tax relief task force.

“I often hear from residents who are concerned about how they are going to be able to pay their property taxes,” West said. “We need a comprehensive approach to tackle rising property taxes. While a relief fund and task force do not fully resolve the issue, they are important first steps to bring real relief to families.”

West supported Senate Bill 39, which would create the Illinois Property Tax Relief Fund. This fund would allow for the creation of rebates for homeowners on the property taxes they pay. Additionally, West helped pass Senate Bill 1932, which would create the Property Tax Relief Task Force charged with reviewing best practices to create short and long-term property tax relief for homeowners. The task force will submit a report on suggested strategies to the governor and General Assembly by the end of the year.

“It’s important that we invest in and support our schools and local services, but we also need to be responsible with how we use property taxes and the impact they have on families,” West said. “Property tax relief is a priority for me, and I look forward to reviewing the recommendations of the task force so that we may effectively address this issue.”

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