Possible property tax question on November ballot - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Possible property tax question on November ballot

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. -- Six Jackson County Board members want to stop the state from raising your property taxes to pay off pension debt.

The move comes after a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago suggested to best way to pay off Illinois' $130 billion in unfunded pension debt is a statewide 1 percent property tax on top of local property tax levies for the next few decades. If that happens, Illinois would have the highest property taxes in all of the 50 states.

To stop that from happening, the six board members are proposing an advisory referendum question be placed on the November 6th general election ballot. The question on the ballot will appear in this form: 

Should the Illinois General Assembly amend the state constitution to ban the implementation of a statewide 1% property tax increase? Yes or No. 

Those who do not want to see their property taxes raised, should vote YES.

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