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McDermed: Property tax task force results disappointing, but not surprising

State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena
State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena

State Rep. Margo McDermed continued to criticize the work of a House task force to address property taxes.

In an opinion piece, McDermed, R-Mokena, said she was skeptical from the beginning about House Democrats' willingness to come up with substantial solutions to lower the property tax burden on residents. She and multiple Republicans criticized the special Property Tax Relief Task Force's draft report this week.

"Last year I stood on the House floor and said that this task force was a sham, intended only to kick the can down the road," McDermed said in the piece. "I was concerned that, like many task forces before it, it wouldn't amount to anything."

McDermed also argued that the task force was formed as a way to provide "minimal, but enough, cover" so Democrats could vote for a progressive tax system. She decried the tactic and said the state was treating its taxpayers like "bottomless pits, all the while proving you can't just throw money at a problem and hope that will solve everything."

The draft report calls for the state taking over a greater share of funding responsibility for public schools, consolidating potentially hundreds of school districts and extending the state sales tax to various services, among other measures.

McDermed argued bipartisan cooperation was possible and pointed to the $45 billion capital bill as an example.

"Last year with the capital plan we found that both parties can come together and make tough decisions," she said.

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