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Legislative Agenda

The Winnebago County Board has adopted a legislative agenda to address issues directly affecting the organization and its constituency.

The 2018 Proactive Legislative Agenda includes the following:

1. Eliminating the 800-voter limit on local precincts to alleviate election judge shortage and to reflect current practice (10 ILCS 5/11-2)

Sponsored by Senators Stadelman and Syverson, SB3526 would bring the law into alignment with current practice of similar-sized election authorities that often cannot otherwise meet the need for voting judges. The change would also allow implementation of modernized voting centers.

2. Updating the type of sales included in Sales Ratio Studies and used as comparable sales in the appeal process to exclude Short Sales and Real Estate Owned (REO) properties (35 ILCS 200/10-45, 35 ILCS 200/16-55, and 35 ILCS 200/16/65)

This calculation model has distorted local market values, driven equalized assessed value down, and forced the tax rate up.

3. Eliminating the requirement to publish the assessment for parcels for those whose assessment has not changed (35 ILCS 200/12-10)

Sponsored by Representative Sosnowski, HB5441 would alleviate the County of approximately $80,000 in publication fees every four years.

In addition to the above proactive agenda, the County will support or oppose, respectively, legislation relative to its 2018 Comprehensive Legislative Agenda:

  1. End unfunded legislative or judicial mandates that negatively affect local government
  2. Sustain and grow local government revenue streams
  3. Increase local government rights to govern local issues
  4. Combat the opioid epidemic
  5. Reduce the size, scope and cost of local government
  6. Update notification and record keeping requirements
  7. Modernize election code and practices
  8. Expand opportunities for recycling
  9. Establish County Board designated representation in all collective bargaining unit negotiations
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