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Without true pension reform, Sangamon County homeowners will only continue to see the gap between their property taxes and home values grow.
Government employees under Madigan’s watch were made to feel accountable to lobbyists, political campaign staff and other outside interests. Not the public.
A progressive tax won’t stop constant property tax hikes. Pension reform will.
Voters said they don’t need a township on top of Springfield city government, but unless Sangamon County leaders act there will be no tax savings.
Voters decided Sangamon County school building improvements were worth boosting Springfield’s sales tax to among the highest in the nation. The 1 percent sales tax hike will take the total to 10.75 percent at some stores.
A proposed 1 percent sales tax for school facilities improvements would bring the city of Springfield’s combined sales tax rate to 9.75 percent – among the highest in the nation.
A ballot question asking voters whether to eliminate Capital Township could bring savings to Springfield taxpayers – but that would just be one of many steps worth taking to lower Springfield’s high property taxes.
Among the 23 former city of Springfield employees who retired at age 50, five have accumulated more than $1 million in pension benefits.
As part of a large and growing property tax bill, Springfield area taxpayers have to bail out the Bank of Springfield Center.
With pension debt straining city finances, local politicians have insisted on turning to its declining population for more tax revenue.