TESTIMONY of Diane Wolfe Marlin before the Committee of the Whole, House of Representatives, Illinois General Assembly June 23, 2017
Good afternoon. My name is Diane Wolfe Marlin, Mayor, City of Urbana, Illinois. I would like to thank Representative Carol Ammons for offering me this opportunity to speak with you about the impacts of a proposed property tax freeze and other state budget proposals on our city.
I would like to provide some context for my remarks. Urbana is a community of approximately 42,500 people, home of the University of Illinois, two regional medical centers, and the County Seat of Champaign County. As a result of these and other major public service functions, approximately 30% of our land area is exempt from property taxes. Our two largest employers are the University of Illinois and the health care sector.