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Today when I got our second installment of the property tax, I found mine to be about $1,000 higher than anticipated.
I examined all the areas and they have increased — District 97 Elementary about $450 more and District 200 about $87 — which we did anticipate. The rest of the areas were up some, but not a lot.
Where did the increase come from? The homeowners exemption last year was $3,628 and this year $633, or about a $3,000 decrease in the exemption. That is the big difference — House Speaker Mike Madigan's work to eliminate the exemption.
It has worked and he can take the credit for it, along with the Illinois Legislature.
Charles Chauncey Wells