State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield), has been tapped by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) to serve on the newly created Property Tax Relief Task Force.
The task force is required to provide short-term and long-term policy recommendations to address Illinois’ crippling property tax burden. The initial policy report is to be completed within 90 days, while the final report is to be completed by December 31, 2019 so recommendations that require legislative action may be taken up by the General Assembly in the 2020 spring session.
“When I speak to 87th District residents about what they are most concerned about, crippling property taxes is almost always on the top of the list,” said Butler. “More than any other burden, Illinois’ broken property tax system is driving families and businesses out of our state.
“Piecemeal fixes have had little or no effect on curbing the larger problem, but I hope the new approach and precise timetable of this task force will be the catalyst needed to change the property tax paradigm and provide much needed relief.”
The task force’s primary duties are to examine the root causes of high property taxes, assess other states’ legislative solutions and propose policy changes that will bring real relief to Illinois homeowners. The recommended solutions may be enacted by either administrative, electoral or legislative approach. The members of this bipartisan, bicameral task force will also serve with no compensation.