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Rep. Patrick Windhorst urges residents to take online property tax survey


By Glenn Minnis | Aug 24, 2019

Rep. Patrick Windhorst

Still in his first-term, Illinois state Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) wants to know everything his constituents are thinking when it comes to their high and still rising property taxes.

Windhorst has commissioned an online poll he is urging residents of the district to take as a way of sharing their opinions on the topic.

“The 118th district is a border district,” he said in a press release posted to his website. “High property taxes in Southern Illinois cause homeowners and potential employers to look to places like Missouri and Kentucky for more affordable property taxes. I hope to present the results of the survey to legislative leaders in Springfield so we can start a dialogue on how to not just freeze taxes at their current high level, but to actually reduce the property tax burden for our citizens.”

Windhorst has long made the subject of property taxes one of his core issues, leading a press conference earlier this year where he called attention to a WalletHub survey that shows Illinois’ has the highest combined tax burden in the country.

“The State of Illinois ranks dead-last in the nation in taxpayer friendliness,” he added. “Property taxes in Illinois are infamously high and contribute to our dubious ranking. This online property tax survey offers my constituents the chance to sound off on their opinion on an issue that sometimes prices folks out of their home or keeps families from purchasing a home in the first place.”

You can take the survey here.

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