Open States' stated mission is to improve civic engagement.
To be true to that goal, we can not stand by and be silent when a large portion of Americans face systemic racism and other forms of oppression. That oppression has meant being excluded from civic participation at the ballot box, being called un-American for peaceful protests, and being denied justice for crimes committed against them.
Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the notice of the first levy of taxes by a municipality or county in a special service area shall include the proposed tax levy, the tax rates for the year preceding the levy year of other taxing districts in the special service area, the proposed budget, and a tax impact statement. Provides that the tax impact statement shall contain estimates of the tax required for the proposed special service area and estimates of the tax increase for taxpayers in the special service area. Provides factors on which the estimates of the tax rates shall be based. Provides that the public hearing required for the proposal of a special service area shall be held within the boundaries of the proposed special service area. Effective January 1, 2012.