Madison County Board Chairman proposes limit on property tax growth in IL

Madison county board chairman Kurt Prenzler will call a special county meeting on this issue tomorrow at 5 p.m.

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August 04, 2020 - 3:58 pm
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Madison county board chairman Kurt Prenzler would like a limit on property tax growth on the ballot in November.

A County meeting will be happening tomorrow at 5 p.m. to discuss Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) referendum, which is what Kurt Prenzler is fighting for.

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From Kurt Prenzler's newsletter:

The question is: Should the voters of Madison County be able to vote on whether the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) will be in force in Madison County?

I called a special meeting of the County Board for Wednesday at 5 p.m. to place a Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) referendum on the November ballot.

PTELL started in 1991 and is the law in 39 counties (see map above). About 80 percent of the population of Illinois live in PTELL counties.

In April 1999, Madison County voters narrowly rejected a referendum to enact PTELL.

The PTELL law states that a county board can put the PTELL on the ballot, for the voters to adopt, or not.

In 2004, county board member Gene Frizzo (R-Alton) led an effort to gather 15,000 signatures to put PTELL on the ballot.

I don't recall all the details, but I believe the signatures were challenged and the argument was made that PTELL could not be put on the ballot through a petition campaign, but only by a vote of the county board. To sum it up, PTELL was not put on the ballot.

The question before the county board next Wednesday is: should the voters get an opportunity to vote on PTELL.

Find more information on this subject HERE.