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By reforming state and local taxation, the region would benefit from new policies that help to advance rather than undermine GO TO 2040 goals. Tax policy should encourage local decisions that make effective use of land, generate good jobs, and trigger sustainable economic activity. 

Tax Policy Updates

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December 18, 2014

Civic Federation Report Profiles Unincorporated Cook County

Efficient governance in the region helps ensure that public sector investments maximize benefits to residents.  GO TO 2040 recommends that the region work together to provide more... Read More About Civic Federation Report Profiles Unincorporated Cook County
November 7, 2014

Cook County property tax classification effects on property tax burden

The use of property tax classification in Cook County makes it difficult to encourage and strengthen non-residential development in existing communities. Read More About Cook County property tax classification effects on property tax burden
October 9, 2014

GO TO 2040 updated in accordance with federal law

Please visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/2040 for all GO TO 2040 plan materials. Read More About GO TO 2040 updated in accordance with federal law
July 31, 2014

Local Government Consolidation Efforts in Northeastern Illinois

Evanston and River Forest Townships have explored ways to consolidate operations with their surrounding municipalities. Read More About Local Government Consolidation Efforts in Northeastern Illinois
July 16, 2014

New Report Describes Oregon Experience with Road Usage Fees

In 2013 Oregon enacted the nation's first road usage fee, following the completion of a pilot program. Read More About New Report Describes Oregon Experience with Road Usage Fees
July 10, 2014

Comparing Municipal and Township Transportation Revenue Sharing in Illinois

While local motor fuel tax allotment criteria are uniform across the state, the road systems they serve are not. Read More About Comparing Municipal and Township Transportation Revenue Sharing in Illinois
July 2, 2014

Recent Legislative Action on Local Government Consolidation

House Bill 5785 would allow a limited number of special districts to be dissolved into counties, municipalities, or other special districts. Read More About Recent Legislative Action on Local Government Consolidation
June 26, 2014

Senate Finance Committee Weighs Short-Term MAP-21 Extension

The Preserving America's Transit and Highways Act (PATH) of 2014 would extend the nation's highway and transit programs through December 31, 2014. Read More About Senate Finance Committee Weighs Short-Term MAP-21 Extension
June 20, 2014

Two New Highway Trust Fund Proposals

New federal transportation proposals attempt to identify sustainable revenue sources as the HTF nears insolvency later this summer and MAP-21 is set to expire September 30, 2014. Read More About Two New Highway Trust Fund Proposals
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Regional Tax Policy Task Force Advisory Report

Created by the CMAP Board to make recommendations on state and local tax policy matters addressed in GO TO 2040, the Regional Tax Policy Task Force met from April 2011 to January 2012. It was charged with advising the CMAP Board on issues central to state and local fiscal policy, viewed through the lens of the regional economy, sustainability, equity, and the connections between tax policies and development decisions. The task force existed to advise the CMAP Board and had no statutory or independent authority. After ten meetings and extensive staff-supported research, the task force prepared an advisory report, which the CMAP Board received at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on February 8, 2012.

Local Economic Development Incentives Report

A CMAP report, Examination of Local Economic Development Incentives in Northeastern Illinois, analyzes how local governments use incentives to attract or retain businesses such as retail stores, auto dealerships, corporate offices, and manufacturing or warehousing industries or encourage the redevelopment of underutilized sites and the construction of affordable housing and mixed-use development. Although 202 out of 284 municipalities in northeastern Illinois are using economic development incentives, their impact is not widely understood. To determine their prevalence, structure, and goals -- along with their effects on development in the region -- CMAP studied the following incentives: sales tax rebates, tax increment financing (TIF) districts, property tax abatements, and property tax incentive classifications unique to Cook County.

Decoding Property Taxes & Classification

Property taxes are among the policies that CMAP is evaluating after a regional task force on state and local tax policy submitted an advisory report to the CMAP Board. The first of two-part issue brief explains how property taxes are determined throughout the region, providing details of how property taxes pay for services delivered by particular units of government.

Cook County Property Tax Classification

The second in this two-part issue brief highlights how phasing out this system could make established communities more attractive for redevelopment and infill of vacant or underutilized land.

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