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Rep. Jeanne Ives points to Coles County assessment suit as proof system is broken

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) wants the Illinois Department of Revenue to investigate every Illinois county to determine whether property assessments have been performed according to law.

State Representative Jeanne Ives recently called for every county to be investigated to determine whether property assessments have been performed according to state law or if counties have been raising property taxes for no valid reasoning at all, citing a Federal lawsuit involving taxpaying residents in Coles County.

“Illinois has the highest effective property tax rates in the nation,” Ives said in a press release. “We just raised income taxes 32% when too many of our residents already cannot afford to live here. We need a system where residents can be assured that they will not be taxed out of their homes over time.”

Ives was spurred to action following testimony from a Perry County superintendent who told the House that the properties providing tax revenue for his district had not been reassessed in decades. Property valuation plays a role in the ongoing debate over school funding, as the amount of state funding for each district is determined primarily based on how much revenue it can raise through property taxes.

Ives noted a recent Federal lawsuit from Coles County residents, who are arguing that the county is refusing to reassess properties that have lost value, leading to nearly $1 million in overpaid property taxes.

“The system we use to value real estate and establish property tax bills in this state is corrupt and broken,” Ives said in the release. “The evidence is overwhelming: it purposely misvalues your home. It needs to be fixed.”

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Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. He is general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks, an active contributor to the Nokomis Free Press-Progress/The Morrisonville Times and serves as website administrator for Pana News, Inc. He also serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party, deputy communications director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman/co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus.

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Rep. Jeanne Ives points to Coles County assessment suit as proof system is broken