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(35 ILCS 200/) Property Tax Code.

35 ILCS 200/Art. 18 Div. 2

 
    (35 ILCS 200/Art. 18 Div. 2 heading)
Division 2. Truth in taxation

35 ILCS 200/18-55

    (35 ILCS 200/18-55)
    Sec. 18-55. Short title and definitions. This Division 2 may be cited as the Truth in Taxation Law. As used in this Division 2:
    (a) "Taxing district" has the meaning specified in Section 1-150 and includes home rule units, but from January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2002 does not include taxing districts that have territory in Cook County.
    (b) "Aggregate levy" means the annual corporate levy of the taxing district and those special purpose levies which are made annually (other than debt service levies and levies made for the purpose of paying amounts due under public building commission leases).
    (c) "Special purpose levies" include, but are not limited to, levies made on an annual basis for contributions to pension plans, unemployment and worker's compensation, or self-insurance.
    (d) "Debt service" means levies made by any taxing district pursuant to home rule authority, statute, referendum, ordinance, resolution, indenture, agreement, or contract to retire the principal or pay interest on bonds, notes, debentures or other financial instruments which evidence indebtedness.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99; 91-523, eff. 1-1-00.)

35 ILCS 200/18-56

    (35 ILCS 200/18-56)
    Sec. 18-56. Legislative purpose. The purpose of this Law is to require taxing districts to disclose by publication and to hold a public hearing on their intention to adopt an aggregate levy in amounts more than 105% of the amount of property taxes extended or estimated to be extended, including any amount abated by the taxing district prior to such extension, upon the final aggregate levy of the preceding year.
(Source: P.A. 88-660, eff. 9-16-94.)

35 ILCS 200/18-60

    (35 ILCS 200/18-60)
    Sec. 18-60. Estimate of taxes to be levied. Not less than 20 days prior to the adoption of its aggregate levy, hereafter referred to as "levy", the corporate authority of each taxing district shall determine the amounts of money, exclusive of any portion of that levy attributable to the cost of conducting an election required by the general election law, hereafter referred to as "election costs", estimated to be necessary to be raised by taxation for that year upon the taxable property in its district.
(Source: P.A. 82-102; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/18-65

    (35 ILCS 200/18-65)
    Sec. 18-65. Restriction on extension. Until it has complied with the notice and hearing provisions of this Article, no taxing district shall levy an amount of ad valorem tax which is more than 105% of the amount, exclusive of election costs, which has been extended or is estimated will be extended, plus any amount abated by the taxing district before extension, upon the final aggregate levy of the preceding year.
(Source: P.A. 86-957; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/18-70

    (35 ILCS 200/18-70)
    Sec. 18-70. More than 5% increase; notice and hearing required. If the estimate of the corporate authority made as provided in Section 18-60 is more than 105% of the amount extended or estimated to be extended, plus any amount abated by the corporate authority prior to extension, upon the final aggregate levy of the preceding year, exclusive of election costs, the corporate authority shall give public notice of and hold a public hearing on its intent to adopt an aggregate levy in an amount which is more than 105% of the amount extended or estimated to be extended upon the final aggregate levy extensions, plus any amount abated, exclusive of election costs, for the preceding year. The hearing shall not coincide with the hearing on the proposed budget of the taxing district.
(Source: P.A. 86-957; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/18-72

    (35 ILCS 200/18-72)
    Sec. 18-72. A school board shall give public notice of and hold a public hearing on its intent to amend a certificate of tax levy under Section 17-11.1 of the School Code.
(Source: P.A. 91-850, eff. 6-22-00.)

35 ILCS 200/18-75

    (35 ILCS 200/18-75)
    Sec. 18-75. Notice; place of publication. If the taxing district is located entirely in one county, the notice shall be published in an English language newspaper of general circulation published in the taxing district, or if there is no such newspaper, in an English language newspaper of general circulation published in the county and having circulation in the taxing district.
    If the taxing district is located primarily in one county but extends into smaller portions of adjoining counties, the notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation published in the taxing district, or if there is no such newspaper, in a newspaper of general circulation published in each county in which any part of the district is located.
    If the taxing district includes all or a large portion of 2 or more counties, the notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation published in each county in which any part of the district is located.
    If a taxing district has a website maintained by the full-time staff of the taxing district, then the notice shall be posted on the website in addition to the other requirements of this Section. The failure of a taxing district to post the notice on its website shall not invalidate the notice or any action taken on the tax levy.
(Source: P.A. 99-367, eff. 1-1-16.)

35 ILCS 200/18-80

    (35 ILCS 200/18-80)
    Sec. 18-80. Time and form of notice. The notice shall appear not more than 14 days nor less than 7 days prior to the date of the public hearing. The notice shall be no less than 1/8 page in size, and the smallest type used shall be 12 point and shall be enclosed in a black border no less than 1/4 inch wide. The notice shall not be placed in that portion of the newspaper where legal notices and classified advertisements appear. The notice shall be published in substantially the following form:
    Notice of Proposed Property Tax Increase for ... (commonly known name of taxing district).
    I. A public hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy increase for ... (legal name of the taxing district)... for ... (year) ... will be held on ... (date) ... at ... (time) ... at ... (location).
    Any person desiring to appear at the public hearing and present testimony to the taxing district may contact ... (name, title, address and telephone number of an appropriate official).
    II. The corporate and special purpose property taxes extended or abated for ... (preceding year) ... were ... (dollar amount of the final aggregate levy as extended, plus the amount abated by the taxing district prior to extension).
    The proposed corporate and special purpose property taxes to be levied for ... (current year) ... are ... (dollar amount of the proposed aggregate levy). This represents a ... (percentage) ... increase over the previous year.
    III. The property taxes extended for debt service and public building commission leases for ... (preceding year) ... were ... (dollar amount).
    The estimated property taxes to be levied for debt service and public building commission leases for ... (current year) ... are ... (dollar amount). This represents a ... (percentage increase or decrease) ... over the previous year.
    IV. The total property taxes extended or abated for ... (preceding year) ... were ... (dollar amount).
    The estimated total property taxes to be levied for ... (current year) ... are ... (dollar amount). This represents a ... (percentage increase or decrease) ... over the previous year.
    Any notice which includes any information not specified and required by this Article shall be an invalid notice.
    All hearings shall be open to the public. The corporate authority of the taxing district shall explain the reasons for the proposed increase and shall permit persons desiring to be heard an opportunity to present testimony within reasonable time limits as it determines.
(Source: P.A. 92-382, eff. 8-16-01.)

35 ILCS 200/18-85

    (35 ILCS 200/18-85)
    Sec. 18-85. Notice if adopted levy exceeds proposed levy. If the final aggregate tax levy resolution or ordinance adopted is more than 105% of the amount, exclusive of election costs, which was extended or is estimated to be extended, plus any amount abated by the taxing district prior to extension, upon the final aggregate levy of the preceding year and is in excess of the amount of the proposed levy stated in the notice published under Section 18-70, or is more than 105% of that amount and no notice was required under Section 18-70, the corporate authority shall give public notice of its action within 15 days of the adoption of the levy in the following form:
    Notice of Adopted Property Tax Increase for ... (commonly known name of taxing district).
    I. The corporate and special purpose property taxes extended or abated for ... (preceding year) ... were ... (dollar amount of the final aggregate levy as extended).
    The adopted corporate and special purpose property taxes to be levied for ... (current year) ... are ... (dollar amount of the proposed aggregate levy). This represents a ... (percentage) ... increase over the previous year.
    II. The property taxes extended for debt service and public building commission leases for ... (preceding year) ... were ... (dollar amount).
    The estimated property taxes to be levied for debt service and public building commission leases for ... (current year) ... are ... (dollar amount). This represents a ... (percentage increase or decrease) ... over the previous year.
    III. The total property taxes extended or abated for ... (preceding year) ... were ... (dollar amount).
    IV. The estimated total property taxes to be levied for ... (current year) ... are ... (dollar amount). This represents a ... (percentage increase or decrease) ... over the previous year.
    A taxing district may, in its discretion and if applicable, include the following in the notice:
    V. The taxing district has estimated its equalized assessed valuation to secure new growth revenue and must adhere to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL or "tax cap" law). PTELL limits the increase over the prior year in the property tax extension of this taxing district to the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is (insert applicable CPI percentage increase).
(Source: P.A. 96-504, eff. 8-14-09.)

35 ILCS 200/18-90

    (35 ILCS 200/18-90)
    Sec. 18-90. Limitation on extension of county clerk. The tax levy resolution or ordinance approved in the manner provided for in this Article shall be filed with the county clerk in the manner and at the time otherwise provided by law. No amount more than 105% of the amount, exclusive of election costs, which has been extended or is estimated to be extended, plus any amount abated by the taxing district prior to extension, upon the final aggregate levy of the preceding year shall be extended unless the tax levy ordinance or resolution is accompanied by a certification by the presiding officer of the corporate authority certifying compliance with or inapplicability of the provisions of Sections 18-60 through 18-85. An amount extended under Section 18-107 in 1994 for a multi-township assessment district that did not file a certification of compliance with the Truth in Taxation Law may not exceed 105% of the amount, exclusive of election costs, that was extended in 1993, plus a proportional amount abated before extension, upon the levy or portion of a levy that is allocable to assessment purposes in each township that is a member of that multi-township assessment district.
(Source: P.A. 88-455; 88-660, eff. 9-16-94.)

35 ILCS 200/18-92

    (35 ILCS 200/18-92)
    Sec. 18-92. Downstate School Finance Authority for Elementary Districts Law and Financial Oversight Panel Law.
    (a) The provisions of the Truth in Taxation Law are subject to the Downstate School Finance Authority for Elementary Districts Law.
    (b) A Financial Oversight Panel created under Article 1H of the School Code is subject to the provisions of the Truth in Taxation Law with respect to tax levies filed by it on behalf of a school district, as well as with respect to any tax levies it may file on its own behalf.
(Source: P.A. 97-429, eff. 8-16-11.)

35 ILCS 200/18-93

    (35 ILCS 200/18-93)
    Sec. 18-93. Maywood Public Library District Tax Levy Validation (2002) Law. The provisions of the Truth in Taxation Law are subject to the Maywood Public Library District Tax Levy Validation (2002) Law.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

35 ILCS 200/18-95

    (35 ILCS 200/18-95)
    Sec. 18-95. Effect of Truth in Taxation Law. Nothing contained in Sections 18-55 through 18-90 shall serve to extend or authorize any tax rate in excess of the maximum permitted by law nor prevent the reduction of any tax rate.
(Source: P.A. 82-102; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/18-100

    (35 ILCS 200/18-100)
    Sec. 18-100. Defective publication. A levy of a taxing district shall not be invalidated for failure to comply with the provisions of this Article if the failure is attributable to the newspaper's failure to reproduce the information in the notice accurately or to publish the notice as directed by the taxing district.
(Source: P.A. 87-201; 88-455.)