Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti To Lead Consolidation, Unfunded Mandates Commission

·        With the goal of reducing property taxes paid by Illinois property owners and homeowners, Gov. Rauner on Friday asked Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti to head a new task force that will look at opportunities for savings from the consolidation of taxing bodies.

Illinois currently has 6,963 units of local government.  It is #1 in this metric; none of the other 50 states top 6,000.  Bodies with the power to extend property taxes include school and community college districts, of which Illinois has 905 (#3 nationwide); 1,431 township governments (#3 nationwide), 3,227 special district governments, such as drainage districts and mosquito abatement districts (#1 nationwide), and 1,298 municipal governments (#1 nationwide).

Sanguinetti’s task force will look into both unfunded mandates and the possible existence of redundant units of local government.  The members will conduct a comprehensive review of State laws that impose burdens on local schools and governments, and their taxpayers.  They are asked to report their findings to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than December 31, 2015.