Sandack, Cross Unveil New Transparency Initiatives
Proposals would shine light on current/future tax obligations at state and local level
SPRINGFIELD – State Representatives Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) and Tom Cross (R-Oswego) unveiled
a three-point set of new transparency initiatives today to make state and local government more accountable to taxpayers.
The goal is to provide every property taxpayer with an annual itemized breakdown of the spending outlays they are billed for to support units of local government;
including school districts, municipalities, library and park districts, community colleges and more.
The transparency initiatives would include provisions to:
- Expand the Illinois Transparency Portal (ITAP) (House Bill 1555) to include all taxing bodies, levies and debts; including pension and retiree health care liabilities and government spending in Illinois;
- Require a State Debt Impact Note (House Bill 1556) be prepared on all legislation to tax, spend or generate revenue, such as levies and fees;
- Create an Illinois Review Board (House Bill 1557) to evaluate the taxes, spending, and debt of each taxing body and require the Board to publish the findings for taxpayer review.
“With all the well-documented fiscal problems Illinois faces, there are some easy things we can do to increase government transparency and save taxpayer money,” Sandack said.
“By adopting these common-sense concepts, taxpayers will not only be able to see how their tax dollars are
being spent today – but what their tax and government spending obligations are into the future as well,” added Cross.