While Illinois families are faced with lower property values and higher property tax bills, Democrat Paul Froehlich voted against legislation that would have provided substantive property tax relief for families. Froehlich joined with the Chicago Democrat leaders in opposing the property tax relief measure.
“Families need relief and they need it now. Yet Mark Walker is more concerned with raising taxes then providing tax relief,” said Pat Brady, Republican National Committeeman. “While Paul Froehlich supports higher taxes to bail out a bloated state budget, he continues to reject common-sense, responsible tax relief for Illinois families.”
Froehlich voted against House Bill 4442, legislation that would have increased the homestead exemption from $6,000 to $7,500 beginning in tax year 2009. The homestead exemption reduces the assessed value of a home, which subsequently reduces the property tax bill of a homeowner. Under the Republican plan, the $1,500 increase in the homestead exemption would provide approximately $150 in property tax relief each year for Illinois families.
Democrat lawmakers, including Paul Froehlich, defeated the Republican proposal to increase property tax relief.
“Rising unemployment coupled with rising property taxes is a recipe for disaster for Illinois families,” said Pat Brady. “We need to provide Illinois families with immediate relief to help them make ends meet and also to help our economy recover. Democrats like Paul Froehlich need to put our families first and end their support for tax hikes and more government spending.”