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GOP lawmakers question tax implications of creating urban agriculture zones

HB3418 was introduced by sponsor Rep. Sonya Harper (D-Chicago)

Is creating an urban agriculture zone (UAZ) just a way to get another tax break?

By Angela Underwood
Du Page Policy
May 7, 2018

Excerpt:

After being told by Harper there would be no cost to the Department of Agriculture to implement the new plan, Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard) said that could be untrue since the program adds additional rules and regulations that must be reviewed.

Property tax respite was his next concern. He asked Harper if having a UAZ offered relief from either state or local taxes. Harper said it was just municipal tax relief, to which Breen expressed concern.

“So, there is still school district taxes and other taxes from other taxing bodies?” Breen asked.

She said she thought so. Breen then asked Harper if tax relief was offered on a case-by-case basis. She said statewide municipalities have full control over the rules of the program, leaving Breen to then question municipal demographics.

“I live in a suburb, so I wouldn’t consider that urban,” Breen, who lives in Lombard, said. “We don’t even allow chickens in my town, so we wouldn’t be going into farming.”

Read the complete article here.

Bill Status of HB3418, Illinois General Assembly, Urban Agriculture Zones

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