SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In order to reduce the tax burden on older Illinoisans, state Rep. Suzanne Ness, D-Crystal Lake, is sponsoring legislation to extend the maximum reduction for the senior citizens homestead property tax exemption to all counties across the state to $8,000 instead of $5,000.
“Maintaining a home can be difficult for those on a fixed income, like many senior citizens across the state,” said Ness. “By increasing the maximum reduction for the senior homestead exemption, we can help keep seniors in their home without breaking their budget.”
Ness introduced House Bill 3141 to ensure homeowners that qualify for the senior citizens homestead exemption can reap the maximum benefit, no matter which county they reside. Currently, only counties with a population of 3 million or more residents can receive an exemption of $8,000. Ness is committed to reducing tax burdens on the middle class and providing relief for lower income seniors.
“Regardless of where you live in Illinois, those that qualify for this exemption should receive additional support when paying their property taxes each year.”