Tax Freeze Bill Handcuffs School Districts

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State Capitol – The Illinois House has voted to approve a statewide property tax freeze and handcuffs school districts racing to raise taxes before the legislation becomes law.

A property tax freeze has been one of the key points of Governor Bruce Rauner’s agenda.  It does not apply to the city of Chicago.

The House voted 71-31 to approve the measure.  But school districts are prohibited from getting any more property tax revenue than they did in 2015 unless voters approve a referendum.

The bill, HB 696, now moves on to the Illinois Senate.

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