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Patch report urges congressman to fix property tax ‘mistake’

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WAUKEGAN, IL — An attorney for Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider says he wants to correct the erroneous property tax exemption granted to his unbuilt Highland Park home.

Earlier this week, Patch reported that Lake County records show homestead exemptions — reductions in the assessed value of owner-occupied homes — had been claimed for homes owned by Schneider and his wife, Julie Dann, both in Deerfield and Highland Park.

Schneider’s attorney, Tyler Hagenbuch, said it appeared the unearned tax relief could be attributed to a form submitted to the title company when Schneider and Dann purchased the home in November 2019 that “incorrectly stated” that their home in Highland Park would be their primary residence as of 2019.

“Although it appears that this error originated when the seller’s attorney completed the transfer tax declaration form and submitted it to the title company, Congressman Schneider takes full responsibility for remedying to error and to reimburse any financial benefit received,” Hagenbuch said in a letter to Lake County. Chief Assessor Robert Glueckert.

Mitch Greenberg, Schneider’s campaign financial director, provided a copy of the letter and a statement on behalf of the campaign. Greenberg said the 10th District representative was unaware of the error until Highland Park Patch asked for comment on it Wednesday.

“This week, Congressman Schneider was made aware of an unintentional error in his filing for a general homestead exemption,” Greenberg said. “After learning of this error, he immediately took steps to correct it, including paying the full amount of any benefit, interest and penalty in error.”

Hagenbuch said Schneider called the appraiser’s office on Wednesday to discuss how he could correct the error. On Thursday, according to the lawyer, staff at the assessor’s office said homestead status had been removed from the Highland Park property for 2020 and 2021.

“As a result, the 2019 tax year (which has been assessed, invoiced, and paid) is the only year in which Congressman Schneider has ever received a financial benefit under the Homesteads General Exemption. “, said Hagenbuch.

The congressman’s lawyer said Schneider had filled out a form stating that he did not wish to claim the Highland Park home as his primary residence in 2019 and that he wanted to repay the amount of tax savings resulting from exemption that year.

“Congressman Schneider looks forward to hearing from your office about how much he should pay for mistakenly benefiting from the 2019 Homestead Blanket Exemption,” Hagenbuch told Glueckert. “Upon receipt of notice from your office, Congressman Schneider and Ms. Dann will immediately submit payment of the full amount of the benefit, together with any interest and/or penalties you indicate are due.”

Glueckert, the chief appraiser, confirmed via email that Schneider contacted his office about the homestead exemption.

“We briefed him on what would need to be done to rectify the situation for the 2020 tax year, noting that he was not responsible for the 2019 year as it was the exemption of the previous owners,” Glueckert told Patch. “We were able to remove the exemption for the 2021 tax year, invoice payable in 2022 because the invoicing on this subject was not generated.”

Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim, whose office is responsible for recalculating bills, said payment information will be reflected online Saturday.

The revelation of the erroneous property tax exemption came on the same day as a report by online media Insider that Schneider violated the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012also known as the STOCK Act, by missing a 45-day deadline for disclosing personal stock trades worth between $50,000 and $100,000.

“Representative Schneider did not accidentally press the “submit” button when entering a stock trade in December,” Maggie Harden, press aide to Schneider’s congressional office, explained in a statement to the online media. “He discovered the error last week and immediately submitted the data and paid the associated late fees. The error is now fully resolved.”

Separately, Schneider faces an objection before the Illinois State Board of Elections next week after two Lake Forest residents said he falsely claimed to live at the Highland Park home in his statement. of candidacy of March 4 and the petitions of nomination deposited on March 7. A conditional certificate of occupation of his house in Highland Park was issued on March 18.

Schneider and Dann started building their “dream house” in Highland Park before the pandemic hit. In a statement Wednesday in response to questions about his residency, he said they sold their Deerfield home in January and are “in the process of moving into our new home.”

The John Carlisle Bollenbacher House, the since-demolished house formerly on the Highland Park property of Schneider and Dann, was rated “significant” in the town’s 2003-2004 Braeside Architectural Survey. Built in 1937, it was designed by the firm of Granger & Bollenbacher, and architect Bollenbacher was the home’s original owner and resident, according to city staff. His company designed another house in Highland Park, which still stands.

Around 1951, Milton and Jean Fisher bought the property, according to staff, and it remained in their family until it was sold to Dann and Schneider. milt fisherman was a chief fundraiser and political consultant for the campaigns of former U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson. The Highland Park Historic Preservation Commission, which conducted a demolition review of the house, in July 2019, the house was determined to be identifiable as the work of a notable architect, according to records. But it did not meet any of the other requirements that might have led to the designation of a landmark, and no demolition deadline was imposed.