SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would restore a property tax break for senior citizens was approved by the Illinois House Wednesday.
The proposal, known as the "senior freeze," received a 116-0 vote. It would stabilize property taxes for those who are over 65 and whose income is under $50,000 a year.
The measure is moving through the legislative process in response to an Illinois Supreme Court ruling in December that declared a similar, 1994 law unconstitutional because of technical problems. It now heads to the Illinois Senate.
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"Many seniors are depending on us in the General Assembly to reinstate this law," said state Rep. Bob Flider, D-Mount Zion.
The proposal increases the income threshold by $5,000 and increases the senior homestead deduction from $3,000 to $3,500.
Proponents say if the proposal is made into law it would be as though the original legislation had never been ruled unconstitutional.
The legislation is House Bill 4789.