The residents of Friendship Manor in Rock Island will once again be eligible for property tax relief through the General Homestead Exemption under legislation (Senate Bill 3093) sponsored by State Sen. Neil Anderson and State Rep. Tony McCombie.
Senate Bill 3093 passed the Senate April 26 and the House May 28. It now heads to Gov. Rauner’s desk for approval.
The legislation comes after Rock Island Assessor Larry Wilson notified the residents of Friendship Manor in 2015 that they would no longer qualify for the General Homestead Exemption. The news caught residents by surprise.
“For years, the residents of Friendship Manor received the General Homestead Exemption with no problem, but then out of nowhere, it changed,” Anderson said. “This legislation rights the wrong that forced these residents to not only pay more in property taxes, but also spend hours braving the brutal elements of the freezing cold last December, trying to make their case to the county. I am pleased this legislation easily passed the General Assembly and will now be sent to Gov. Rauner.”
"I was happy to carry SB3093 in the House," Rep. McCombie said. "SB3093 clarifies previous language that will protect taxpayers living in Friendship Manor. The bill will give them the safety and security they deserve during their retirement years."
Senate Bill 3093 would allow all “life care facilities” in Illinois, including Friendship Manor, to be added to the General Homestead Exemption.
The General Homestead Exemption is an annual property tax exemption available for residential owners. The amount of exemption is the increase in the current year’s equalized assessed value (EAV), above the 1977 EAV, up to a maximum of $6,000 in every Illinois County, with the exception of Cook County.