Fleming Proposes COVID-19 Property Tax Payment Relief Plan for Lake County Families, Businesses

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Gurnee, Illinois – Republican candidate for Lake County Board Lauren Fleming today proposed a plan to provide property tax payment relief to families and businesses in Lake County.

“Like the rest of the state, we in Lake County have been hit hard by the stay-at-home order, and we need some relief. I’ve spoken with officials in other counties, and they’re taking action. It’s time for Lake County to step up.” 

Lauren Fleming, candidate for Lake County Board

In a Chicago Tribune column dated April 20, 2020, the Lake County Board Finance and Administrative Committee “decided against delaying tax collections or waiving late payment fees for a period of time during the COVID-19 crisis.”

“When it comes to local government, my philosophy is if we can do something to help people, then we should do something. As a county, we can’t change the deadline taxes are due according to the property tax code. The state legislature is the one with the authority to do that, but we can do our part.”

Lauren Fleming, candidate for Lake County Board

After speaking with county officials in others counties and reviewing their plans, Fleming recommended the following plan for property tax payment relief be considered by the Lake County Board:

90-Day Property Tax Late Fee Waiver Plan

  • The late fee for Lake County property taxes would be waived on the first installment due in June for the 90 days thereafter.
  • No application is required; all property owners, residential and businesses, would be eligible (pursuant to the disaster relief clause regarding “substantial destruction” 35 ILCS 200/21-40(c)(2).
  •  All property taxes would have to be paid in full by the second installment due date (September) in order for the penalty to be waived.
  •  If taxes are not fully paid by the second installment due date, penalties would become retroactive to June and would be due and payable in full.

In Lake County, approximately 60 percent of property taxes are paid via escrow accounts with taxpayers’ lenders.

“This is for those businesses and families who are short on cash because they’ve been furloughed, laid off or had to close their doors or shut down operations due to stay-at-home orders. They need a little cushion to get back to work and get a paycheck.

If we can pay our property tax bills now to help our police and first responders, we should. The Board must take action in May before the first installment is due for taxpayers in June. We can do our part because we’re all in this together.”

Lauren Fleming, candidate for Lake County Board

Lauren Fleming, 35, is the Republican candidate for Lake County Board District 13, a small business owner and a lifelong public servant. Find out more at www.LaurenforLake.com.