Property Tax Relief

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High property taxes are an issue for communities all over Illinois, and especially here in the Rockford area. High property taxes hinder growth, hurt home values, and make it difficult for people with low and fixed incomes to stay in their homes. We have to restructure our tax code. This is what I will do:

  • A Better Way to Fund Schools: The vast majority of the money gained from property taxes goes towards local schools. I want our schools to have as much money as possible, but it has to be done in a sustainable way. I want to continue the work that has been done down in Springfield to restructure how Illinois supports local school districts. It will be a long process, but the goal is that the state will be able to use its much larger tax base to support local school districts more effectively than we can right now with only local property taxes.
  • Property Tax Relief: I also want to work with local Township Assessors, Winnebago County, and the State of Illinois to create a Long Time Homeowner Property Tax Exemption and to expand current property tax exemptions for seniors. This would reward longtime Winnebago County residents for staying in and contributing to our community for an extended period of time, and make it easier for seniors to stay in their homes if they’re living on a fixed income. After working their entire lives, seniors deserve to retire with dignity. 

In the meantime, I encourage 68th District residents to check if they qualify for any of the Property Tax Exemptions listed on the Winnebago County website. This is the web address: https://wincoil.us/departments/supervisor-of-assessments/exemption-forms-information/

These are especially helpful if you are a senior, veteran, or disabled person. You can also call the Winnebago County Supervisor of Assessments Office at 815-319-4460, or email them at soa@wincoil.us. Please be aware that their office might have different hours due to COVID.