FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 2, 2012
For the Good of Illinois PAC Poll: 74% of Illinois Voters Support Freezing Property Taxes for Three Years & Seven in Ten Voters Believe it Should be Illegal for Local Governments to Increase Their Property Taxes When the Value of Their Home or Property Value Goes Down
Hinsdale, IL – Today, For the Good of Illinois PAC, Adam Andrzejewski Chairman, released its second in a series of findings, which discovered that 65% of voters believe local property taxes are too high in Illinois and nearly three-quarters support freezing property taxes for three years since property values in Illinois have decreased.
When voters were informed about the Property Tax Extension Limitation law and the loopholes it has, over three-quarters of voters support getting rid of the loopholes and 72% of voters believe local governments should not be allowed to increase property taxes when the value of their home or property goes down.
Finally, the majority, by a 2-1 margin (56% to 28%) of voters want to implement real tax caps and freeze property taxes before the Illinois State Legislature shifts pension costs back to the local school district. 69% of Republicans, 47% of Democrats, & 55% of Independents all agree that a property tax freeze and caps are necessary before shifting pension costs back to local school districts.
“Property taxes in Illinois are way to high in Illinois and if we want to turn this state around we need to freeze and cap property taxes so Illinois families and businesses aren’t forced from this great state,” said Adam Andrzejewski, For the Good of Illinois PAC Chairman.
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Adam Andrzejewski, Chairman
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Bill Bernardoni, Media Director
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Paid for by For the Good of Illinois PAC
Poll was done by McLaughlin & Associates. This Illinois statewide survey was conducted among 500 likely general election voters on September 4-–-5, 2012. All interviews were conducted by professional interviewers via telephone. Interview selection was at random within predetermined election units. These units were structured to statistically correlate with actual voter distributions in a general election for Governor. The accuracy of the sample of 500 likely general election voters is within +/-–- 4.5% at a 95% confidence interval. Questions asked were, would you say local property taxes in Illinois are too high, about right, or too low? Would you support or oppose freezing your property taxes for three years since property values in Illinois have decreased? Illinois has a law called the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. It limits
spending increases for most local governments in Illinois to the rate of inflation or 5%, whichever is less. Some people think this law is flawed because it has loopholes that allow local governments to bypass spending caps and increase property taxes anyway. Would you support or oppose getting rid of these loopholes so that local spending caps are stronger and increasing property taxes would be much more difficult? Do you believe it should be illegal for local governments to increase your property taxes when the value of your home or property goes down?