Jeri J. Barr Assessor
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Special Notice from Grant Township
Assessment Process for 2017
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, we adjusted over 10,000 parcels based on latest sales data. Some parcels went up and some went down based on sales activity in a neighborhood.
LAST YEAR, 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.
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.
For 2017, Grant Township has been given a 1.0934 equalization factor by the CCAO. We are once again equalizing the township based on 3 year sales history and have manually changed nearly 8,500 parcels. Some went higher than 9%, some lower. After changes, our factor will be 1.0565 IF the CCAO does not wipe out all of our changes again this year and assign the 1.0934 to everyone.
We will turn our books into the county on July 14, 2017 and expect assessment notices to be sent out by the county in late July or early August. Watch for your new assessment - you have 30 days after receiving to appeal your assessment.
DURING THE APPEAL PERIOD, YOU MAY SUBMIT EVIDENCE THAT YOUR ASSESSMENT IS INCORRECT.
SEE 2017 EVIDENCE SYNOPSIS FOR REQUIREMENTS.
You can not appeal your TAXES - only your ASSESSMENT
When you receive your tax bill in May, 2017 your 1st installment is payable by June 1, 2017.
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.
From 2010 through 2014 most tax rates have gone up approximately 50%.
The largest increase in tax rate was in unincorporated McHenry where the tax rate has increased by 60% over four years.
Tax rates are based on services and schools in your area. The tax rates throughout the township range from 10.69 (unincorporated Spring Grove is lowest) to 17.10 in a small section of Round Lake that is in the Grayslake school district.
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 Deppt. 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
ANOTHER TAX INCREASE?
WE DO NOT DETERMINE OR CONTROL THE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY TAXES YOU MUST PAY.
From the Assessor...
Please call or visit our office for assistance with filing for EXEMPTIONS:
Senior Assessment Freeze
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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