New Law Signed by Governor Rauner Aims to Save Lake County Taxpayers' Money

Citizens of Round Lake and Fox Lake will see property tax relief through sanitary district legislation sponsored by State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) and State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) that was signed into law on Friday by Governor Bruce Rauner.

HB 5584, signed as Public Act 99-0783, will allow the Round Lake and Fox Lake Sanitary Districts to have their duties and obligations taken over by Lake County. “Reducing and eliminating units of redundant or unnecessary layers of government is a priority for me as it leads to significant savings for taxpayers,” said Wheeler. “There are many instances where a larger unit of government can absorb functions of smaller taxing districts, and I will continue to look for ways to reduce the local tax burden through these types of consolidations or dissolutions.”

The measure received unanimous support in the House and Senate. “Illinois has more governing bodies than any other state, creating inefficiencies and duplicative services,” said Althoff. “This new law aims to consolidate those services to provide relief to our taxpayers. May of the services these sanitary districts provide can be easily assumed and done so at a lower cost.”

The new law takes effect immediately.