Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing says losing Carle hospital and clinics from tax rolls has shifted the burden onto other taxpayers.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
January 12, 2017

Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Hospital Tax Status

The Illinois Supreme Court considered a case Thursday that asks whether not-for-profit hospitals have to pay property taxes. The case involves Urbana-based Carle hospital and clinics — though it could affect health systems across Illinois. At issue is the constitutionality of a state law that exempts not-for-profit hospitals from paying property tax.

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A sign in front of a home on Urbana's Lincoln Avenue protests Carle Hospital's tax-exempt status.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media.
May 25, 2016

Illinois Supreme Court To Review Hospital Taxation Issue

The state's high court will review a case regarding the constitutionality of hospital tax exemptions, and will hear arguments involving Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital.  A lower court ruled in January that the 2012 state law allowing hospitals to avoid paying property taxes is unconstitutional.

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November 13, 2013

Vermilion County Board Approves Property Tax Hike

Vermilion County Board members have signed off on their first property tax hike in six years.  Tuesday night’s 17-to-7 vote means the levy goes up by 3.6 percent over last year.

Republican County Board Chair Gary Weinard said the increase is necessary to restore reserve funds used to operate the county jail facilities and juvenile detention center. 

“Fortunately when we started, basically six years ago, we had some pretty reasonable fund balances," he said.  "And we’ve just spent those down to where it’s now time to look at putting some revenue back in those line items.  I understand the school district’s dilemma, it’s exactly the same dilemma that we have.  We’re trying to be as efficient as we can.”

But those who opposed the plan, including Democrat Mike Dodge, said residents can expect to see increases on other portions of their tax bill, and they’ll start to add up.

“It seems as though the (Danville) school district and everyone is raising their levies," he said.  "They say it’s only a couple dollars here, and a couple dollars there.  You put them all together, that adds up to be a little bit more on one person’s back.”

Another 'no' vote came from former board chair and Democrat Jim McMahon, who said hiking property taxes could start to reverse the trend of positive economic news, noting new Meijer’s and T.J. Maxx Stores that have come to Danville, and new car dealer locating in Tilton.  

McMahon says taxing residents to build up reserves is the equivalent of putting those funds in a bank, so the county has them when needed.

Vermilion County’s tax increase would mean an additional $5.60 for someone with a $1,000 tax bill.

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