In an effort to collect the hundreds of thousands of property tax dollars that have not been paid by business tenants at the DuPage Airport Authority, State Senator Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles) filed Senate Bill 1041, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously on Tuesday, March 26.
Currently, the DuPage Airport Authority rents out portions of its property to private businesses, which are responsible for paying property taxes on the land, however, it has recently come to light that several of these tenants have intentionally neglected to pay their property tax bills.
Sen. DeWitte noted that there is a loophole in current law that fails to penalize these businesses because there is no mechanism in the law that compels them to pay.
“It’s unfortunate that homeowners in my district have been on the hook to pay the nearly $800,000 of delinquent property taxes,” said Sen. DeWitte. “My legislation seeks to right that wrong by requiring tenants at the airport to pay what they rightfully owe.”
SB 1041 would require that if a lessee is delinquent in paying property taxes, the county treasurer must promptly notify the taxing district which owns the property. Furthermore, the State's Attorney would be authorized to pursue all available options in an effort to collect any delinquent property taxes as well as any interest, penalties, and fines a court may order.
Senate Bill 1041 now heads to the Senate Floor.