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Monday, June 15, 2015 08:02 am

Getting approval

“No more property tax hikes without taxpayer approval,” preached brother Rauner last year. He pays property taxes in a lot of states, so maybe he forgot that in Illinois most property tax hikes are subject to taxpayer approval directly (usually through bond referenda) or indirectly. This state also has a mechanism, admittedly little used, by which local voters can express disapproval of local tax hikes for any purpose after the fact, and set in place their reversal. They’re called elections. That so few people vote in them suggests that the public outcry about over-taxation is so much noise.

 

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