Policy changes needed to ease tax burden, Kinzler says
Jay Kinzler, a Glen Ellyn Republican running in the GOP primary for the seat held by Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park), says policy changes in Springfield are needed to ease the tax burden on Illinois residents.
The recent media reports of skyrocketing property taxes in the state is not news to Kinzler who is campaigning on the promise of easing the tax burden. “The property taxes in Illinois are too high,” he told the DuPage Policy Journal. “They are the highest in the country. They have been increasing for years and people are now starting to collapse under the strain and fleeing the state.”
Kinzler said the reasons behind the high property tax rate include corruption, irresponsible spending, too many divisions of government and unsustainable pension costs.
His promise to tackle the tax burden includes “eliminating unfunded mandates on local government such as the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, eliminating quasi-government agencies like the Illinois Association of Park Districts, consolidating units of government and share resources, reduce headcount, reduce pensions and institute cost analysis.”
He noted that Conroy has been complicit in the increase of taxes throughout the last several years.
“During her reign, she has hurt Illinois families by not providing any tax relief," he said. "Last year she increased the income tax rate by 32 percent. This has driven over 73,000 taxpaying residents out of the state in 2017. This mass exodus has been a four-year trend. Illinois has gone from the fifth largest state to the sixth.”
His comments follow surveys by national moving companies that show an increase in residents abandoning the state, with approximately 63 percent of the moves in Illinois being outbound rather than inbound.
This confirms data released by the U.S. Census Bureau that showed Illinois lost its place as the fifth largest to Pennsylvania, which has seen a quiet surge in population.
District 46 includes all or part of Glendale Heights, Carol Stream and Villa Park.