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Illinois lawmaker sponsors a bill to expand senior property tax relief

Sue Scherer from Decatur speaking on the House floor in Springfield
Rep. Scherer (provided)
Rep. Sue Scherer (D-Decatur)

State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is working to ease the property tax burden facing seniors by expanding the eligibility pool of senior freeze applicants.

“Making sure that our seniors are taken care of is one of my most important priorities,” said Scherer. “Those who are on a fixed income face additional difficulties and every bit of assistance we can offer helps.”

Scherer’s House Bill 3054 would amend the property tax code by allowing the maximum income limitation for the Low-Income Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption to be $85,000. Currently, access to the freeze exemption is limited to seniors who earn $65,000 or less annually.

“Inflation has hit seniors especially hard. Those who were fine before the sharp increases in the price of food, fuel and other necessities may now be struggling,” said Scherer. “I will always stand up and fight to make changes to the law that lift up our seniors and ensure that they can live happy, whole lives.”

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