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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Property tax task force really 'a PR campaign for the graduated income tax,' candidate Curtis claims


By Glenn Minnis | Jan 10, 2020

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Illinois House candidate Laura Curtis (R-North Aurora) insists that another task force is hardly the solution for the property tax crisis that has long gripped Illinois.

“Illinois has a property tax crisis that is decimating home values and forcing families to uproot their lives and move out of the state,” Curtis, running to replace retiring incumbent state Rep. Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) in the 49th District, told the Kane County Reporter. “Homeowners deserve more from their state legislators than an ineffective task force whose goal appeared to be a PR campaign in support of the graduated income tax rather than actually reforming our broken property tax system.”

Several media outlets have reported that Republicans assigned to the 88-member committee recently created by Gov. J.B. Pritzker are refusing to sign off on a draft over concerns that it inadequately reflects their views and fails to propose any major changes for a system they insist is in desperate need of an overhaul. For the sake of homeowners across the state, Curtis says she is in full support of their position.

Illinois House candidate Laura Curtis (R-North Aurora)

“Illinois homeowners are running out of time and can’t wait for another phony task force report created by the Democrats who think more taxes are the end-all solution to the state’s problems,” she said. “Legislators must implement both short- and long-term solutions like reforming the pension system, reducing unfunded mandates on our schools and local governments and ending the inherent conflicts of interest and corruption in our property tax system. Both red and blue states have successfully implemented property tax caps for seniors so they can stay in their homes. Real reforms, not task forces, will bring homeowners the property tax relief they deserve.”

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