prop tax billSPRINGFIELD – Homeowners and small businesses across the South Suburbs will see decreases in their property tax bills under a new state grant program that seeks to provide relief to school districts in high-taxed areas.

The Property Tax Relief Grant was included in the historic school funding reform law that has already provided millions of dollars in new state funds to school districts that need it the most. In the first year alone, the 40th Senate District received nearly $10 million in additional state funding.

“Communities with little property wealth have been forced to increase their taxes year after year, placing a high burden on homeowners and small businesses and cheating students out of a quality education,” State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) said. “For many South Suburban communities, this has only increased economic disinvestment and neighborhood stagnation.”

Several local school districts will be eligible for the tax relief grant, including:
• Rich Township High School District 227 ($2,736,497)
• Bloom Township H.S. District 206 ($2,186,029)
• Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School District 233 ($1,963,818)
• Park Forest School District 163 ($573,153)

In order to receive the state grant, eligible school districts must submit an abatement resolution to their county clerks by March 30. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will then distribute the grants once receiving all abatement certificates.

“The new funding law represents a fundamental shift in how we pay for education in Illinois,” Hutchinson said. “Reducing reliance on property taxes while increasing state support is the only way of ensuring no Illinois student is relegated to a sub-par education simply because of their ZIP code.”

More information on the Property Tax Relief Grant and a listing of each eligible school district can be found at www.ISBE.net/proptaxrelief.

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