Several southern Illinois counties ask about property tax hike on ballot
HAMILTON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Several southern Illinois counties have ballot questions on them that try to gauge public opinion on a proposed statewide property tax increase from Springfield Lawmakers.
In Hamilton County, the ballot question reads as follows:
To clarify, this ballot question does not have any direct effect on the raising of property tax rates in the state, it’s more to let lawmakers know how constituents feel.
Connie Warner is a realtor for CJ Realty in McLeansboro. When it comes to property taxes at her office, she says they can be bad for business.
“That’s one of the first things customers ask, ‘what’s the taxes on this property?’” she said. "Any raise in taxes discourages customers and, of course, is reflected in the mortgage rates.”
She said she’s had clients who have simply had enough of the high rates.
“I had one customer that was moving because the taxes were too high on her property,” she said.
However, Warner is also a mom, and thinks people won’t be as disappointed as they could be, since property taxes help fund schools. Which, in Illinois, normally could always use more funding.
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