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Mayor David A. Gonzalez recently appeared at a joint legislative hearing in Chicago to advocate on behalf of the City and other local municipalities regarding municipal tax collections. The hearing, convened by the House Cities and Villages Committee chaired by Rep. Anthony DeLuca, was held to provide testimony in support of House Bill 2717, aimed at stopping hostile actions by the Illinois Department of Revenue intended to prevent municipalities from working with outside professional consultants to track and recoup lost taxes and fees that municipalities are not collecting.
Mayor Gonzalez spoke in support of municipalities working with outside professional consultants to review their tax collections and identify areas where they can improve collections and recoup revenue owed. The Mayor said the City has recouped thousands of dollars in “lost” tax revenue by working with consultants who tracked and reviewed utility and other taxes and fees that the City was entitled to collect.
“The City’s ability to utilize the expertise of outside consultants to audit tax collections results in significant revenue and savings for us. The attempt to limit local government authority impedes our ability to ensure every tax dollar is being collected and used for the benefit of our residents.”
Leadership with the Illinois Coalition of Local Governments, formed to help local government support House Bill 2717 and other legislation key to restoring local control for municipalities and counties, credited Mayor Gonzalez and Rep. DeLuca for taking the time to consider HB 2717.