SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In light of ongoing meetings of the Property Tax Relief Task Force, State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, is calling for the General Assembly to pass a statewide property tax freeze during the upcoming veto session.
“Democrats and Republicans on the Property Tax Relief Task Force must work together to actively craft a comprehensive package to bring meaningful property relief to the people of Illinois,” DeLuca said. “We’ve been battling the issue of high property taxes for a long time and I myself voted to freeze or cut property taxes repeatedly over the past few years. Relief for Illinois homeowners is long overdue.”
DeLuca’s current call for a statewide freeze is not without precedent. In past legislative sessions, DeLuca voted to cut or freeze property taxes in Illinois at least 19 times. The Property Tax Relief Task Force, made up of members from both parties and chambers, has been meeting since early August. The final report of the Task Force must be given to Gov. J.B. Pritzker by the end of the year with any administrative, electoral and legislative changes that include short- and long-term solutions to provide relief for homeowners.
“While the Task Force’s meetings have been productive, my fear is that we are still a long ways away from meaningful relief,” DeLuca said. “In the meantime, I think it’s prudent we take as step that the General Assembly has taken before and that is voting to freeze property taxes statewide.”