Farmland tax hike possible
Secret talks under way to boost revenue
Illinois farmers may see their property taxes rise next year as a result of negotiations taking place behind closed doors at the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Details are murky, but state Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, called the matter one of the most important issues facing downstate Illinois during the upcoming legislative session.
In 1977, the Illinois Legislature passed a measure that bases farmland property taxes on the land’s productivity rather than on market value.
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