This morning, Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti formally presented Governor Bruce Rauner with the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force’s final report at a meeting in Oak Brook. State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) applauded the report and said that it is time for the General Assembly to take up the recommendations and get to work when they reconvene on January 13.
“Property taxes are crushing Illinois residents, we all already knew this, which is why a property tax freeze and structural reforms are so important,” said Wheeler. “Now that the Task Force has delivered its recommendations to tackle the problems, we must take action as soon as possible. The recommendations in the report touched on some very important strategies; some are no brainers that we already knew, like making it easier for local governments to share equipment and cut costs.
“Now the priority shifts to the General Assembly to take up these recommendations when we reconvene on January 13th, Illinoisans can’t wait any longer and I hope my colleagues in the House will join me in this effort.”
Wheeler noted that some legislation already exists to tackle some of the recommendations offered in the Task Force’s report. For example, legislation geared at unfunded mandates on school districts for P.E. and Driver’s Ed, but noted that the first hurdle is getting the bills out of the Speaker’s Rules Committee. Wheeler also pointed out that allowing third-party contractors to perform certain tasks related to school districts could play an important role in cutting costs at our schools and is looking forward to working on crafting legislation related to this, and the other recommendations offered by the Task Force.
The below images illustrate the impact of property taxes and unfunded mandates on Illinois taxpayers. To read the complete 406 page report delivered to the Governor by the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force, click here.