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Additional proposals by Governor Rauner to freeze all property taxes and take no action to reform municipal public safety pensions will greatly amplify the negative impacts that an LGDF cut would have on municipal residents and businesses.
This record of excellent fiscal stewardship by municipal governments, encouraged by accountability to local voters, is a compelling argument to drive additional value for taxpayers by maintaining, and even increasing the municipal share of LGDF revenue. Additional LGDF revenues could be used to help offset the growing costs incurred from unfunded state mandates, the most notable of which includes paying for pension benefits that were increased by the State.