SPRINGFIELD – "Blah, blah, blah" is all that's happening in Springfield to deal with climbing property taxes, a new ad put out by Americans for Prosperity-Illinois says.
“Year after year in Illinois we are faced with ever-increasing property tax bills while our home values are considerably lower than they were a decade ago, but entrenched career politicians are putting politics first," AFP-IL Executive Director David From said in a statement.
"The findings of a poll we conducted last year show that a strong majority of residents in all areas of the state support a property tax freeze, no matter their party alignment. This measure would go a long way to providing Illinoisans with much needed relief.”
Not only is AFP taking on the topic with the online ad, AFP-IL activists are making more than 17,000 phone calls and hundreds of patch-thrus to legislators, calling for the passage of property tax relief and giving local governments the tools necessary to control their costs – namely greater freedom over prevailing wage restrictions and collective bargaining – should be a top priority in Springfield.
This week, AFP-IL has also begun the first phase of a petition circulation campaign in 18 municipalities.
Director From adds, “There is near-universal acknowledgment that Illinois' sky-high property taxes are a problem – but our politicians have yet to pass a property tax freeze through the General Assembly. Illinois families deserve more results, and less talk.”
AFP-IL's effort lines up with one facet of Governor Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda" which would allow local officials to deal with municipality workers' union demands.