DuPage Policy Journal

Jay Kinzler thinks a proposed statewide property tax to fund Illinois’ spiraling pension liabilities would be the worst thing for the state.

“Increasing property taxes will force more residents to leave Illinois resulting in less tax revenue both from property taxes and income taxes,” Kinzler told the DuPage Policy Journal. “I am in support of lowering property taxes in Illinois. I would never be in favor of increasing them.”

Kinzler, the Glen Ellyn Republican running against Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park) in the 46th House District, joins Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in predicting the proposed property assessment tax of 1 percent for the next 30 years would cause more harm than good to the state’s already long-struggling economy. Ives has also proposed House Resolution 1072 in opposition to any new statewide tax in response to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s proposal to raise property taxes to cover pension liabilities.

Currently, property taxes across Illinois stand at an average of 2.67 percent, the highest level in the nation. In a working-class community in south Cook County, the average is nearly double that at over 5 percent.

“We need to lower property taxes,” Kinzler added. “If we don’t stop increasing property taxes as proposed by Illinois bureaucrats, it allows government bureaucrats to force people to stay in Illinois and pay higher taxes, devalue their home and property, and penalize them should they decide to move out of state.”

Kinzler said he has an idea of how best to bring all the madness to an end.

“We need more Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly to balance the detrimental actions (House Speaker Mike) Madigan and his cronies are forcing on Illinois residents,” he said. “I hope we can stop the taxpayer abuse in Illinois before the producers and those that have and still contribute to Illinois all leave.”

The 46th District includes all or part of Glendale Heights, Carol Stream and Villa Park.

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