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follow lostand confused 2018 Feb 25, 9:40pm
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I think you've been reminded of this in the past, but State doesn't set property tax levels.
Correct, the state doesn't set property tax levels. I think the problem a lot of us Illinoian's have is there are states like FL and TX that have no state income tax and substantially lower property taxes. How do those states do it? I'd be okay with high property taxes if we didn't have a state income tax. Or do the reverse, high income tax and much lower property taxes. Our income tax % isn't massive (might be above the median, not sure), but when you compare it to other states and factor in the property taxes, we're paying waaaayyyyy too much. And give it 4 years or so. IL will be competing with CA on income taxes as a percentage to continue paying unrealistic obligations. There's no other way without being allowed to file statewide bankruptcy.
State doesn't set property tax levels.
Both parties want to blame each other when it's everyone's fault
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Not directly. But lets say a county decides to stop all pensions, go hires contractors, cuts benefits etc etc-no pension for teachers etc-ya think the state will allow that? There was one village that tried to make themselves a right to work and the state tried to criminalize that. yeah right-state does not set property taxes indeed.
I don't know--not sure. But you can sure as heck see a difference in pay and benefits for teachers in Northern IL vs. Southern IL. Both are part of the same state, last I checked.State didn't stop Southern IL schools from paying less.
It's your city council approving $3M fire stations or a library board approving a $2M library for a community with 5k residents. Your property taxes then go up 30% and somehow that has anything to do with Trump or Hillary? (I know you're not saying that, but most places talking politics are still stuck on those characters)
I have written to the rep, the council, the governor and all I egt is a canned answer. One good thing about CA, is the initative system. It is how prop 13 came into play. Can w ehave that in IL, where we cap property taxes and elt the stupid gubmnt figure it out on their budgets??
Il has the highest number of government units in the USA, Who pays the bills for all these competing agencies.
Vote for better local reps. School board. Fire board. Police board. Village boar
lostand confused saysIl has the highest number of government units in the USA, Who pays the bills for all these competing agencies.Not exactly sure what you mean, but they pay their own bills. That's what the property taxes are for.
Again, you are correct, but that doesn't mean it's anywhere near efficient. There's too much duplicity in IL with the whole township and county layers of gov. If you just gave the cash to the county and dumped the township, you could eliminate a ton of overhead.
IL is a dumpster fire. I have a slight feeling you're posting anon and that you live in IL and we've had the occasional chat on IL. Which is fine, I don't care. But what redeeming quality does IL have outside of Chicago being nice from June to August? Starved Rock as far as nature goes? Almost every metric is negative during what most would consider an upswing in economic times over the last 3-4 years. If you live in IL and don't have some form of an exit plan, I fear for your future.
Agreed. I'm certainly not defending it--just answering the question.
Chicago area is quite nice but I'm still close enough to go whenever I want.