Merging governments tops property tax-reduction plan

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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx looks on as Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a press conference in Chicago after Foxx filed motions to vacate more than 1,000 low-level cannabis convictions, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A draft task force report obtained by The Associated Press suggests lightening Illinois’ property tax burden by consolidating local governments, ensuring that property assessments are standardized, getting better information on commercial properties and tightening up procedures for appealing assessments and allowing tax breaks for rundown areas undergoing redevelopment.

The task force was pushed by lawmakers skeptical of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to ask voters this fall whether to adopt a graduated income tax structure.

The legislators want to ensure that additional revenue from income taxes helps reduce property taxes, the nation’s highest behind only New Jersey.

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