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Monday
Feb252013

Action Alert: Help Me Fight Local Tax Increases & Protect Our Revenue from the State

The Illinois House of Representatives is poised to take final action on Senate Bill 622 as early as next week.

If passed, SB622 would divert $6.6 million from the Local Government Tax Fund (this fund has been called a number of things, including the Local Government Distributative Fund or LGDF) to cover a shortfall in the Illinois State Medical Disciplinary Fund.  In other words, instead of allowing local sales tax revenue to go back to the cities that generate it, the State of Illinois is diverting funds to fix their own budget issues. 

This bill represents a dangerous and constant threat to local government revenue. (see the botom of this post for some history on the issue)  The City of Des Plaines generates sales tax revenue and it should be spent on streets, sewers, and sidewalks right here in Des Plaines.  The State should not use our local revenue to mend their budget. 

I have continued to fight to protect local government revenue from the State.  The alternative is just not acceptable - we will not raise local taxes to pay for the State's budget problems.   

This issue continues to surface in Springfield.  Here's what I had to say in 2011:

 

Additional background from the 3rdWard.org archives:

Help Me Fight Local Tax Increases - March 27th, 2011

Local Taxes Update, It's a Must Read - May 1, 2011

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