State Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, has been appointed to serve on the newly-created Property Tax Relief Task Force responsible for proposing solutions to achieve property tax relief for Illinois homeowners. Sosnowski’s appointment to the bipartisan task force was made by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, in recognition of his commitment to taxpayers.
“Stateline area families know that Illinois’ property tax system is broken,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “High property taxes make it difficult for more families to achieve and maintain the dream of homeownership, and make it nearly impossible for seniors on fixed incomes to afford to stay in their homes. I intend to use this opportunity to find solutions that will reduce the property tax burden on local families and make Illinois more competitive in attracting and retaining jobs. After years of talk in Springfield, it’s time to take action.”
Specifically, the Property Tax Relief Task Force is charged with examining the root causes of high property taxes in communities across the state; assessing other states’ legislative solutions to reduce property tax burdens in both the short and long term; and proposing policy changes that will bring real relief to Illinois homeowners.
The Task Force is required to submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly with both short and long-term solutions that can take an administrative, electoral or legislative approach. The initial report will be produced within 90 days, and a final report will be due by December 31, 2019.