The property tax freeze, which has been a contentious discussion with both sides of the House, was solidly voted down. Not a single ‘yes’ vote was recorded, 26 House members voted ‘present’, 69 voted ‘no’.
House Rejects Property Tax Freeze: GOP says Effort Lacking Original Article by Doug Finke, State Capitol Bureau, the State Journal Register Posted Jun. 9, 2015 at 1:26 PM, Updated Jun 9, 2015 at 10:00 PM
The Illinois House Tuesday voted down a property tax freeze bill, a component of changes Gov. Bruce Rauner wants enacted before he will entertain discussions of raising taxes to balance the budget.
However, Rauner said later that the defeated legislation lacked “the single most important reform” in the property tax issue — allowing local governments to ignore the state’s prevailing wage requirement on public works projects and also allowing them to restrict the issues that are subject to collective bargaining with public employee unions such as insurance benefits and privatizing some work.
“My concern is there is not a real sincere focus on controlling costs in local government and getting control in the long term,” Rauner said at a news conference at the Executive Mansion. “Here’s the critical thing we are proposing: We want local voters to control what gets bargained. It empowers local voters.”
But the Democrat-controlled House soundly rejected both the prevailing wage and collective bargaining proposals on Tuesday. After voting down a property tax freeze bill that did not contain them, the House voted to add the items to another property tax freeze proposal that Democrats said was identical to the Republican governor’s freeze. That did not get a single “yes” vote. Some 69 House members voted “no,” and 26 voted “present.”
House Republicans again said the votes were a sham, the same way they described a vote in the House last week on workers’ compensation reform. Most Republicans voted “present” on the property tax freeze.
“It’s summer stock in Springfield. That’s all it is, “summer theater,” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs. “This is all about mail pieces in upcoming weeks.”
House Republicans have already been hit with campaign mailers from the state Democratic Party, led by House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, for voting against a property tax freeze amendment two weeks ago.
Rauner said a bill that had a property tax freeze without the collective bargaining and prevailing wage proposals wasn’t real reform.
“Having no real reform and then declaring victory is the way we’ve gotten into the mess we’re in,” Rauner said.
The Senate spent Tuesday also talking about a property tax freeze during a rare committee-of-the-whole meeting.
Carol Portman, president of the Taxpayers Federation of Illinois, noted that Illinois has the third-highest property taxes in the country.
“They’re high. I don’t have to tell you that,” she said. “You are hearing that from your constituents.”………… continue article:
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