Jeri J. Barr Assessor
WE'RE HERE TO HELP
The Grant Township Assessor is responsible for a fair and uniform system of
property valuation that will equitably distribute the revenue requirements
of our local governments among the township property owners
Assessor's Letter to
Assessment Process for 2019
2019 is a quadrennial re-assessment year. All
properties are required to be viewed and values adjusted based on the
previous 3 years of sales in your neighborhood. This year's assessments will
be based on qualified sales from 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Due to the across-the-board increases applied by the County Assessor
for the past 3 years (which totaled 27.38% increase) we will be adjusting
neighborhoods up and down based on sales data.
As I have explained over the past 3 years, some neighborhoods are
still too low and many are too high. Annual changes to assessments should
not be done across the board. The CCAO, Martin Paulson, is retiring
effective May 13, 2019. Let's hope that his replacement will allow Township
Assessors to do their jobs each year without interferances.
|Tax bills for 2018 payable in 2019
will be mailed from Lake County on May 1, 2019. The first installment
is due on or before 6/6/2019. The second installment is due
9/6/2019. Unfortunately, you can NOT appeal your
property taxes. You can appeal your assessment during the 30 day
appeal period coming in late Fall of 2019.
Make sure you are getting the exemptions you are entitled to.
Assessment Appeal Process
Property owners have an annual opportunity to appeal their assessments to
the Lake County Board of Review. Property owners who question their
assessments are encouraged to contact our office with evidence to support
their contention prior to filing an appeal with the county to see if it can
be resolved without a hearing.
AN ASSESSMENT APPEAL DOES NOT ADDRESS
THE AMOUNT OF THE PROPERTY TAX BILL. It is an attempt to prove the assessed
value overstates the property's value, or is higher than the estimated value
of similar properties.
If a property owner believes their property is
over assessed, the county has a new website
Lake County Assessment Information where you can click on assessment
information and prepare a grid from county data to support your claim. When
comparables, you should use only similar properties in your
neighborhood. A ranch is not a good comparable to a 2 story home - the
characteristics, baths, basement, and square footage of living area should all
be similar to your property. Bring the grid to the township or you may come
in and we will help you prepare one. Click
One of the better forms of
evidence is a recent appraisal or sale of the property and we will be happy
to review a copy of yours to help determine assessed value.
required by law to use the previous 3 years sales (which for the 2019 assessment will be 2016, 2017 & 2018) to determine assessed value.
You do not have to retain the services of an attorney to protest your value.
You can do this free of charge by following these guidelines:
During the appeal process you may:
1) Drop off your evidence for review at our office 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday
2) E-mail your evidence to our office.
3) Set-up an appointment to meet with the assessor or staff member for
information or assistance with the appeal process. We will make every effort
to accommodate all property owners who may not be able to come to our office
during normal office hours.
4) File your appeal with the county.
2019 Assessment notices will be mailed sometime in August or
Lake County Assessment Office
Lake County Assessment Appeal Process
Online Appeal Filing
County Board of Review
DURING THE APPEAL PERIOD, YOU MAY SUBMIT EVIDENCE THAT YOUR ASSESSMENT IS
2019 EVIDENCE SYNOPSIS FOR REQUIREMENTS.
You can not appeal your TAXES - only your ASSESSMENT
receive your tax bill in May, 2019 your 1st installment is payable by June
lower left hand section of your bill. Under Taxing Body, you will see the
amount of your property tax paid to each taxing body and the change from the
prior year is the increase (or decrease) in the amount payable to the taxing
body listed. This is to show you where your money goes.
we hear from many homeowners during the month of May who are unhappy with
their property tax bill. My suggestion has been and still is to contact the
taxing body with comments/questions so that they are aware of your concerns
when they are working on their levy for the next year.
WE DO NOT DETERMINE OR CONTROL THE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY TAXES YOU MUST PAY.
Taxes are the result of spending, not assessments, and if spending doesn't
go down, taxes won't go down either.
Property taxes exist because of local government spending. Taxing bodies
schools, villages, townships, county, police & fire districts, libraries,
park districts, ect. depend on property tax revenues to provided local
services. Each year they submit a request for property tax funds, known as
the "levy". The combined "levies" actually create the tax burden, while
assessments simply divide up that tax burden in an equitable way. So if
government spending and the "levy" requests do not decrease, most of us will
see no relief in our tax bills. In fact, if levies go up because of
increased spending, tax bills can actually go up, even when assessments go
To understand why, we have to look at the basic tax rate formula:
LEVY divided by ASSESSED VALUE = TAX RATE
The LEVY is the amount of tax dollars that your taxing bodies request.
The ASSESSED VALUE is the total of the assessments in the taxing district.
The TAX RATE is nothing more than the calculation; the result of dividing
the LEVY by the ASSESSED VALUE
Taxes go up because Levies go up. Assessed values and tax rates are just the
tools used to divide up the total tax burden created by the combined levies
of our local taxing bodies.
Here's how it works - Our taxing body requests & $100,000 (the Levy), and
total assessments are 2,000,000.
The tax rate now is .0500 ($100,000 divided by 2,000,000)
If your assessment is 100,000 then your taxes will be 10,000 X .05 or $500.
"If property values go down, won't my taxes go down?" Let's see...
Our Taxing body is still requesting $100,000 (the Levy) but total
assessments are 1,800,000, down 10%.
The tax rate now becomes .0556 ($100,000 divided by 1,800,000)
If your assessment is 9,000 (down 10%), then your taxes will be 9,000 X
.0556, still $500.
Taxes didn't change - even though assessments went down - because the LEVY
didn't change. The Levy drives the tax bill.
What if the levy increases but my assessment goes down?
The LEVY is $110,000, 10% more, and assessments are 1,800,000, down 10%.
The tax rate is .0611 ($110,000 divided by 1,800,000)
If your assessment is 9,000 (down 10%), then your tax bill will be 9,000 X
.0611 = $550
Up 10% like the levy, not down 10% like your assessment. The Levy drives the
Generally, taxes do not go up because of increasing assessments and they
will not go down with declining assessments. On an individual basis, if one
assessment goes down substantially more than others, that one property owner
may see more relief in their taxes, the tax burden has been redistributed.
And if one assessment doesn't change when most go down, that tax bill may
increase - the tax burden has been redistributed. But, if assessments all
decrease by a similar amount, there will be absolutely no change in your tax
bill unless the levy changes.
Levies go up because local government spending goes up and taxes go up
because Levies go up - even when assessments go down. Assessments and tax
rates do not change the tax burden, they only distribute the tax burden that
is created by the levies.
The only way to control taxes is to control local government spending.
From the Assessor...
Please call or visit our office for assistance with filing for EXEMPTIONS:
Senior Assessment Freeze
If you are filing for the first time, please bring your photo ID showing the
address for the exemption you are applying for.
The assessor's office provides information for and represents the township
during assessment appeals at the county and state level.
We also provide literature regarding the assessment and tax bill process.
We welcome all Grant Township property owners to visit the office with
questions and we will be happy to share information regarding the process of
determining your assessment.