As I write this, the snow has all but vanished and green is returning to the leaves; a tell-tale sign that spring is just around the corner. For most, spring means longer days, tulips, and baseball. For some, it is a time to get a little organizing and straightening done. One of those spring tasks I suggest is to take a look at your real estate taxes. Primarily, is my house assessed correctly? Fortunately, my staff and I have created several opportunities for you to get involved in the process and to feel confident that you are being assessed correctly.
The first step is to make sure you are receiving all the exemptions you are entitled to receive. There are a number of exemptions available for which you may qualify for. These include: exemptions for seniors , veterans and people with a disability. There are various qualifications for each exemption so please check with our office to see if you qualify.
The second step is to make sure we have the details of your property correct. Do we have the square footage correct? Do we have the style of house correct? This data is very important in assigning value to your property. You can check whether we have this information correct on this website. If what we have is not correct, please contact us so we can schedule a re-measurement of your property.
The final step is to file a “soft-appeal” with our office. This is the step in the process that makes myself and our staff most proud. In keeping with my commitment to open and transparent government, my staff and I created a no-nonsense way to serve the public and further my goal of “Fair and Equitable Assessments.” In short, it is a program that we developed “in-house” that allows you, the tax-payer, to appeal your assessment without having to file a formal appeal with Will County. In fact, our office has won an award for the program. The Township Officials of Illinois have awarded us the “Mighty Message Award” in the “Mass Communications” category. While we enjoy the recognition of the program, what makes me and my staff even more proud is helping you understand the assessment process and encouraging your participation.
The “soft-appeal” window is currently closed. Once you have filled out the forms and collected the necessary data, you are welcome to contact the office and schedule an appointment with me. We can sit down and discuss your assessment and try to reach a decision that both of us can agree upon. However, it is not necessary to schedule an appointment to have your “soft-appeal” reviewed to file. My staff reviews each and every appeal whether the resident has met with me or not.
In closing, I sincerely wish you all health and good fortune in the coming year. I hope that as the weather warms, you are able to take a minute to review your assessment and are able to involve yourself in the process. As always, if you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact my office.