County Board Chairman Jack Franks Proposes Ordinance Waiving Late Fees for Property Taxes
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – County Board Chairman Jack Franks will present an ordinance to the County Board to waive late fees and interest for 90 days on the first installment of this year’s property tax bills to help homeowners and businesses struggling under the financial burden of the coronavirus pandemic.
Franks, D-Marengo, said the proposal is the right thing to do, given that the deadlines to file federal and state income have been pushed back to July. State law empowers counties to waive the fees when a state or federal disaster is declared.
“The coronavirus pandemic is causing unprecedented damage to the national economy, the spreadsheets of our businesses, and the checkbooks of our residents. The statewide stay-at-home order, while necessary to halt the spread of this contagion, is resulting in lost wages and lost jobs. It is imperative that we aggressively seek whatever relief we can find for our taxpayers.”
Franks said he will convene a special meeting that County Board members can attend remotely to get an ordinance approved, before the tax bills are sent out by the County Treasurer. The time and date of the meeting will be announced in advance and will be streamed online in accordance with the Open Meetings Act – the provision requiring a quorum of elected officials to physically present in order to meet has been temporarily suspended statewide by executive order.
Franks and the Department of Health are urging residents to continue obeying Governor Pritzker’s stay-at-home order and avoid congregating in groups in order to “flatten the curve” and hasten the day that the quarantine is lifted.
The County has set up a resource page at www.mchenrycountyil.gov/covid19resources for community members, businesses and nonprofits needing help. To learn more about how you can protect yourself and your family against coronavirus, visit the Department of Health’s website at www.mcdh.info, and follow it on Facebook and Twitter.
The Illinois Department of Public Health also has set up a toll-free hotline at 800-889-3931 to address questions or concerns you may have.