Press release from the Office of State Representative Mary Edly-Allen
For immediate release
June 10, 2020
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – A new law supported by state Rep. Mary Edly-Allen, D-Libertyville, will provide financial relief to homeowners struggling to make property tax payments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Families across our communities are figuring out how they will pay the bills as COVID-19 puts a pause on the national economy,” said Edly-Allen. “The legislation I supported ensures that homeowners who are unable to make their property tax payment on time because of these challenges are not punished with late payment fees. This will give families and seniors some much-needed flexibility to manage their finances as the economy rebounds.”
Edly-Allen voted to pass Senate Bill 685, which allows counties outside of Cook to temporarily suspend late payment penalties for late property tax payments. The new law also allows homeowners who received the Disabled Veterans’ Homestead Exemption, Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Exemption or the Homestead Exemption for Person with Disabilities in tax year 2019 to automatically receive the exemption in tax year 2020. Currently, homeowners must apply annually to receive these exemptions.
“Now more than ever it is important that we are doing everything we can to support our families, seniors, and veterans” continued Edly-Allen. “This bill is just one simple, commonsense way to give relief to those who are struggling through no fault of their own.”