State Senator Andy Manar wants the state to make up for some of the money it costs Springfield schools by its very presence.
Manar notes that District 186 loses an unknown amount of property tax dollars that would go into its coffers because of the large number of state-owned facilities… which are exempt from property taxes. He would like the state to make small payment to the district in lieu of the full property tax value. Manar’s plan calls for the state to pay one-half of one-percent… an amount he estimates at 200-to-600 thousand dollars.
But he acknowledges it will be a tough bill to pass, even though several other Illinois communities already get such payments.