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Jeri J. Barr Assessor

Phone: 847-546-8880
Fax: 847-546-8884


Jeri Barr

Lorry Spencer

Angela Wold

Ryan Hebert

Lisa LaMantia

 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 Taxpayers

Assessment Process for 2018

 Every year, Grant Township Assessor's office reviews and adjusts assessments    based on the previous 3 years of sales to bring about uniformity which can be affected when oldest sales drop off and a new year of sales is added.


In 2016, For the first time, we were forced to take the County Assessor's equalization factor even though it was incorrect for many properties. We all received a 7% (1.0716) increase whether the sales in your neighborhood supported this increase or not. In 2017, everyone received a 1.0934 increase across the board. The county assessor removed the township values and posted his own after we turned our books in. This affects uniformity and spreads the tax burden unfairly. Many folks will pay more than they should while others will pay less than they should.


The county assessor has once again reversed our values and applied 1.0819 Factor Across the Board.

ALL PROPERTY VALUES IN GRANT TOWNSHIP WILL INCREASE BY 8% FOR 2018. Assessment notices will be sent out by the county early August. The appeal period will be from August 2 through September 4, 2018. Watch for your new assessment - you have 30 days after receiving to appeal your assessment.

Tax bills for 2017 payable in 2018 will be mailed from Lake County on April 30, 2018. The first installment is due on or before 6/6/2018. The second installment is due 9/6/2018. Unfortunately, you can NOT appeal your property taxes. You can appeal your assessment during the 30 day appeal period coming in late Summer 2018.

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 website Lake County Assessment Information where you can click on assessment information and prepare a grid from county data to support your claim. When choosing  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 HERE for instructions.

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.

We are required by law to use the previous 3 years sales (which for the 2018 assessment will be 2015, 2016 & 2017) 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 thru Friday.

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.

2018 Assessment notices will be mailed sometime in August

Lake County Assessment Office

Lake County Assessment Appeal Process

Lake County Online Appeal Filing

Lake County Board of Review

Appeal Period



You can not appeal your TAXES - only your ASSESSMENT

When you receive your tax bill in May, 2018 your 1st installment is payable by June 6, 2018.

Check the 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.

Typically 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.

The letter below was sent to local newspapers who had written about the federal lawsuit.

      Annual township assessor equalization is not against the law
Annual township assessor equalization is not against the law as recently stated by a Lake County representative. In fact, it is encouraged by the Illinois Department of Revenue to establish an equitable and uniform spread of the real estate tax burden within a township and done by the majority of townships in the state without interference from their  County Assessor. This was also the case in Lake County until 2016. When the County Assessor decided to prohibit changes, the assessors took their issues with him to the Lake County Board, who appoints the County Assessor, and to the Lake County States Attorney office, submitted supporting documentation for months to help them understand our position and did not file a lawsuit until nearly a year had passed. The Lake County State's attorney confirmed that township assessors can equalize per the law and when they did and turned their books in to the County assessor he arbitrarily removed all of our work and applied across-the-board factors to all townships. After this was done, a lawsuit was filed in federal court.

The township assessors contend that by reversing all equalization they did, the county assessor is creating an inequitable spread of the real estate tax burden. Based on sales studies done on all areas of their townships, the assessors see that not all areas in a township increase or decrease in value equally from one year to the next and therefore should not be lumped together with across-the-board factor established without input from the township assessors who actually value the properties. This method of "county assessor only" equalization does not establish uniformity - it has the opposite effect.

Lake County township assessors who equalize assessments annually do have the statutory authority to do so. Per Illinois statutes, the township assessor, county supervisor of assessments and the Illinois Dept. of Revenue may all equalize assessments annually. Illinois property tax law states that all assessments must be reviewed every four years (quadrennial assessment year) by township assessors. However, this is the minimum for which property assessments must be reviewed, not the maximum.

The federal judge who dismissed the lawsuit stated in his opinion "the assessors plaintiffs have not alleged that they are personally injured by any of the defendants' actions." The judge furthered stated "thus, if defendants' actions have harmed anyone, it would be the taxpayers, who might end up paying an increase tax." The judge also opined that the "taxpayer plaintiffs must bring their claims in state court" (rather than federal court).

Equity of assessments is a major concern of township assessors because it creates a more fair spread of the real estate tax burden among property owners.

Gary Raupp, Vernon Township assessor
Jeri Barr, Grant Township assessor
Becci Tonigan, Cuba Township Assessor
Peggy Freese, Libertyville Township Assessor
John Barrington, Ela Township assessor


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 down.
To understand why, we have to look at the basic tax rate formula:
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 tax bill.
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.
The links below show the taxing bodies and tax rates which affect your tax bill.
Sample of tax bills for a property valued at $200,000

Unincorporated Grant Township

Village of Fox Lake

Village of Lakemoor

Village of Round Lake

Village of Volo

From the Assessor...

Please call or visit our office for assistance with filing for EXEMPTIONS:


Senior Homestead

Disabled Homestead

Home Improvement

Returning Veteran

Senior Assessment Freeze

Disabled Veteran

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.


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