State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) has been appointed to serve on the newly created Property Tax Relief Task Force responsible for proposing solutions to achieve property tax relief for Illinois homeowners. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) tapped Murphy for the bipartisan task force for his local government experience and commitment to taxpayers.
“My time on the Divernon School Board and then the Divernon Village Board taught me firsthand how hard it is to balance community and taxpayer needs under Illinois’ convoluted property tax system,” said Murphy. “Simply put, Illinois’ broken property tax system is the number one reason so many families have been forced to leave our state and it is clear that the fragmented approach to creating relief for taxpayers has not worked.
“I hope my local government knowledge will be an asset to the task force and I am optimistic that the definite timetable for policy recommendations can provide the long overdue impetus to produce the property tax relief Illinois families and businesses deserve.”
The duties of the Property Tax Relief Task Force include examining the root causes of high property taxes in communities across the state; assessing other states’ legislative solutions to reduce property tax burdens in both the short-term and long-term; and proposing policy changes that will bring real relief to Illinois homeowners.
The Task Force is required to submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly that can take an administrative, electoral or legislative approach. An initial policy report is to be completed within 90 days, while the final report is to be completed by December 31, 2019 so recommendations that require legislative action may be taken up by the General Assembly in the 2020 spring session. The members of this bipartisan, bicameral task force will also serve with no compensation.