Madison County residents petition for limit on property taxes
MADISON COUNTY, Illinois: In 1999, Madison County residents voted against enacting Illinois' Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL), but a group of county residents want to put the referendum back on the ballot on November 10, 2010. If enacted the law would restrict property tax increases to 5 percent or inflation. Anything greater would need voter approval before being implemented. The group, Property Tax Accountability & Relief (PTAR), is spearheading the petition in Madison County. Madison County board member Hal Patton and spokesperson for the group said that he is confident in the measure's approval by voters. "I think it would pass overwhelmingly," he said. Opponents argue that if enacted, PTELL would greatly harm education funding. In 1999 the measure failed by approximately 1,000 votes.