New assessments freeze forms have been mailed at beginning of April 2016 if you have previously filed in 2015. If you have not filed last year or never qualified before, please come into the office with your income papers and we will be able to assist you. You must be 65 or older, lived in your home more than 2 January 1st, and total household income must be below $55,000. You can visit our “exemption” tab to read more about this.
ALL TAX PAYERS:
2015 TAX BILLS (payable in 2016): The bills will be mailed from Will County on May 2, 2016. They are due in two installments (only one bill is mailed). Due dates are June 1, 2016 and September 1, 2016.
Please check your tax bill for any missing exemptions. They are explained on the back of your tax bill. If there are missing exemptions, please call or come in to our office as soon as possible to have it looked over. If you are not sure what you qualify for, please visit our “exemption” tab to see what is available. If you see no dollar amount in the senior freeze and you applied, please look at your assessments first. If your assessment is lower than the amount you were frozen at, there will be no adjustments made in that line item.
There are two separate factors that make up your tax bill; the tax rates and assessments. The tax rate is determined by taxing bodies in the area. They are listed on the tax bill. If you are concerned with the rate you are paying, please contact your taxing bodies. Please see our tab “Taxing District Info” for name and contact information. Budgets are set in the Fall and tax payers are encouraged to attend those meetings, which set the rates you pay.
The Assessor’s Office is responsible for assessing every property. When tax bills are mailed, it is not the time to appeal your assessment. Assessments for this tax cycle were finalized last September 2015. Assessments cannot be changed at this point. The new 2016 assessments will be sent out August 2016 if there is a change in the assessed value by our office, if a multiplier is applied by Will County - no notice is sent, just published in the newspaper.
If you feel you would like your assessment reviewed further for 2016, there is a tab for Assessment Review Inquiry– follow the instructions and send the paperwork to our office by the deadline noted. Or please call our office and we will instruct you how to proceed. Please always note the deadlines on the notices for appealing. You DO NOT need a lawyer, tax consultant, or to pay a fee to have your assessments reviewed. This is what we do and we are here to help you understand the process.
As always, if you have any further questions please feel free to call our office and anyone of our staff will be able to answer your questions.