SPRINGFIELD- Homeowners in Gifford, Washington and Brockport have made progress in rebuilding their homes after the Nov. 17 tornadoes in 2013.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) moved legislation today to help those rebuilding and repairing their homes receive relief from an unknown technicality.

“The devastation left by the Nov. 17 tornadoes created unplanned expenses for Gifford homeowners,” Bennett said. “The cost of rebuilding and repairing is high enough without the additional expenses of higher property taxes.”  

Senate Bill 3314 changes the Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption. Under current law, to receive the exemption a home must be rebuilt within 110 percent of its original size following destruction due to a natural disaster.

However, many homeowners did not know about this technicality and built larger homes. Now their applications for exemptions have been denied. Bennett advanced this initiative to allow those homeowners to receive the exemption.  

“The residents of Gifford have already been through enough,” Bennett said. “We need to do what we can to allow them to ease through the recovery process.”

On Nov. 17, 2013, tornadoes destroyed nearly 30 homes in the village of Gifford. More than 40 other homes suffered major damage, and about 125 had minor damage. Total damage was estimated at $60 million.

The area was denied federal disaster relief because it was determined too small to qualify.

Senate Bill 3314 passed the Senate’s Committee on Revenue and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) issued the following statement in regard to the Senate’s override of Gov. Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 2043 (MAP grant funding):

“I’m proud to stand with college students throughout my district. The state shouldn’t be in the business of choosing winners and losers based on financial need. College affordability should not be a partisan issue. It’s the state’s duty to make valuable investments in students at Danville Area Community College, the University of Illinois and Parkland College to increase their chances to succeed, not force them to graduate with mountains of debt and missed opportunities.”

Senate Bill 2043 passed the Senate with a partisan roll call of 37-17-2 and now moves on to the House for consideration.

120715CM0773RTCHAMPAIGN- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) issued the following statement in regard to Gov. Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 2043 (MAP grant funding):

“Today, the governor has let down the thousands of students relying on need-based financial assistance at our state’s community colleges and universities. This isn’t a partisan issue. It’s about investing in students at Danville Area Community College, the University of Illinois and Parkland College to grow our state’s economy.”

 

021715CM0990resizeforwebSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Rauner’s Budget Address.

“Our state universities and community colleges are going on eight months without state support. The governor needs to solve this immediate problem before creating additional ones.”

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