Jackson County board opposes statewide property tax hike
The Jackson County board has voiced its opposition to any potential statewide property tax increase.
Republicans on the Jackson County board had been trying to get a referendum question on the November ballot, according to the Southern Illinoisan.
The proposed question would ask: "Should the Illinois General Assembly amend the state constitution to ban the implementation of a statewide 1% property tax increase?”
However, a July board meeting saw the idea voted down. Rather, the board opted to issue a resolution to oppose a tax.
Their resolution opposes a statewide property tax and also offered support to the Illinois General Assembly if they decided to change the state constitution to prevent such a tax in the future.
Yet, Republican board member Dan Bost still supported the idea of a referendum.
“I would hope that we go ahead and put in on the ballot,” he was quoted as saying. “Because I think it is important to let the people vote on this. It sends a strong message and we are doing things to oppose property tax increases even outside the area.”