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2    WHEREAS, Taxpayers in the State of Illinois are faced with
3high taxation; the weight of property taxes, and the process by
4which they are applied is one of the most burdensome concerns
5facing Illinois homeowners, and thus there needs to be an
6investigation into ways by which Illinois government can bring
7about necessary relief to homeowners across the State;
8therefore, be it
11CONCURRING HEREIN, that there is created the Fair and Equitable
12Assessment of Property Task Force, whose purpose is the
14        (1) conduct a comprehensive review of State laws
15    relating to Assessment of Real Property including the
16    appeal of assessments at the local and State level;
17        (2) conduct a comprehensive review of all Statewide
18    Assessment systems or Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal
19    systems (CAMA) and their impact on equity;
20        (3) identify opportunities to consolidate, streamline,
21    eliminate, or create new assessment jurisdictions;



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1        (4) conduct a comprehensive review of current
2    exemptions available, the impact of these exemptions, and
3    the administration or application of these exemptions;
4        (5) analyze the impact of TIFs on assessed values and
5    local property taxes;
6        (6) analyze preferential assessments including farm
7    valuation, open space, and developer relief;
8        (7) discuss the use of technology in the data
9    collection, online review, CAMA analysis, and electronic
10    appeal filing and make recommendations for improved
11    accountability and efficiency;
12        (8) analyze assessment systems and legislation in the
13    United States and countries worldwide; and
14        (9) prepare a final report to the Governor and the
15    General Assembly making specific recommendations on the
16    improvement of fair and equitable assessments through
17    technology advancements, legislative procedural review,
18    consolidation, streamlining, and/or creation of new
19    jurisdictions with the goal to improve fair and equitable
20    assessments throughout the State; and be it further



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1    RESOLVED, That the Task Force shall consist of the
2following members:
3        (1) the Governor, or his or her designee, who shall
4    serve as Chair;
5        (2) the Secretary of the Illinois Department of
6    Revenue, or his or her designee;
7        (3) four members of the House of Representatives, one
8    each appointed by the President of the Senate, the Minority
9    Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of
10    Representatives, and the Minority Leader of the House of
11    Representatives; and
12        (4) four members appointed by the Governor, or his or
13    her designee, who are residents of the State of Illinois
14    and represent public and private organizations with an
15    interest in strengthening the fair and equitable appraisal
16    for real estate for property tax purposes throughout the
17    State, including, but not limited to, representatives of
18    units of local government and assessment jurisdictions;
19    and be it further
20    RESOLVED, That the Task Force members shall serve without



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1compensation; if a vacancy occurs, a replacement will be
2appointed by the Chair of the Task Force; and be it further
3    RESOLVED, That the purpose of the Task Force shall be to
4study issues of assessment equity and fairness, and make
5recommendations that will ensure accountable and efficient
6delivery of uniform and transparent property valuations for
7property tax purposes; and be it further
8    RESOLVED, That the Illinois Department of Revenue shall
9provide staffing and administrative support to the Task Force
10as needed, including providing an ethics officer, an Open
11Meeting Act officer, and a Freedom of Information Act officer;
12and be it further
13    RESOLVED, That the Task Force shall hold at least four
14meetings throughout the State, but otherwise shall meet at the
15call of the Chair; and be it further
16    RESOLVED, That in addition to whatever policies or
17procedures it may adopt, all operations of the Task Force will
18be subject to the provision of the Illinois Freedom of
19Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 et seq.) and the Illinois Open
20Meeting Act (5 ILCS 120/1 et seq.); and be it further
21    RESOLVED, That if any provision of this resolution is found



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1invalid by a court, the remaining provisions shall remain in
2full force and effect; and be it further
3    RESOLVED, That the Task Force shall submit its final report
4to the Governor and General Assembly by December 31, 2017; and
5be it further
6    RESOLVED, That the Task Force shall be dissolved upon
7submission of its final report.