Wheeler bill to fund local judicial facilities, keep lid on property taxes signed into law

Legislation to lower the pressure for a property tax increase by expanding the use of county judicial facilities fees was signed into law by the Governor on May 27. Senate Bill 3737 was introduced and passed this spring by Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego.

“Kendall County was the fastest growing county in the United States during the first decade of the new millennium and the fastest growing county in Illinois from 2010 to 2020, placing a strain on the ability of our courthouse to handle the increased case load in a timely and efficient manner,” Rep. Wheeler said. “With this new law, Kendall County will enjoy the same ability as Kane and Will Counties to assess a nominal fee for civil and criminal cases that will go toward building additional judicial facilities, which will prevent property taxes from going up and at the same time make our local courts more efficient.”

Specifically, Senate Bill 3737 permits Kendall County to adopt a fee of up to $30 from litigants in civil and criminal cases. Kane and Will Counties currently collect this same fee. The Kendall County Board would be required to concur with the presiding judge of the county on setting the fee. The fees would be collected in civil cases by plaintiffs and defendant or paid by a defendant in a criminal case following a conviction, supervision, or a sentence of probation. The proceeds of the $30 max fee must be deposited into the county’s Judicial Department Facilities Construction Fund and used for the sole purpose of funding in whole or in part the costs associated with building new judicial facilities within the county.

Rep. Wheeler’s bill was sponsored in the State Senate by Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, the most recent example of their bipartisan commitment to work together to deliver solutions for Fox Valley families.

For questions or more information, please contact Representative Wheeler’s office at (630) 345-3464. Leader Wheeler serves the 50th District which includes portions of Kane and Kendall Counties.