BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Local seniors would receive relief from high property taxes under new, progressive solutions backed by state Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, expanding property tax freezes and refunds for low-income seniors.

“It is of utmost importance that we continue to prioritize legislation that benefits all groups in Illinois, and these two key bills reaffirm my commitment to expanding opportunities for the senior community, especially those who are struggling financially,” said Avelar. “With these pivotal bills, we are uplifting a community that needs it most. By providing more resources and lenient paths to receive tax freezes or refunds, we are lifting a burden off our senior community who rely on these benefits to get by.”

Avelar is sponsoring House Bill 2529 and House Bill 3511, which will expand benefits to low-income senior citizens. House Bill 2529, the Senior Property Tax Freeze, will increase the maximum income allotment for low-income senior citizens to receive benefits by $10,000 — from $65,000 to $75,000, reaching a key audience who were not able to benefit from this tax freeze previously.

House Bill 3511 proposes an important amendment to tax legislation, particularly benefiting senior citizens. Under this bill, seniors would be eligible for a property tax refund, irrespective of whether they applied for the homestead exemption, which typically covers up to $15,000 of property equity. This legislation expands the avenues through which seniors can access tax exemptions, ensuring that even those who miss the application window can still benefit from financial relief on their property taxes.

Rep. Dagmara
Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar

85th District

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