Doubek: Property Tax Bills are Good Motivation for Pushing Consolidation

The good news is there are legislative proposals that encourage streamlining and consolidation now awaiting the governor’s action.

It’s property tax time and that’s always a good time to highlight efforts at government streamlining.

My tax bill hit home about a week ago. I took a deep breath, braced myself and opened it. It wasn’t as bad as I feared, up a couple hundred dollars over the prior year. But year after year, that adds up, doesn’t it?

And here’s the other thing that worries me: the numbers of governments and funds. I’m paying for 16 different government funds. I’ll bet plenty of you are paying for more than that. Take a look. Count them up before you pay.

The good news is there are legislative proposals that encourage streamlining and consolidation now awaiting the governor’s action.

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Madeleine Doubek

Madeleine Doubek is an award-winning journalist who spent 32 years covering local and state government and politics. She previously served as publisher of Reboot Illinois. She has won several regional and national journalism awards during her career.