Property owners in two rural McHenry County townships have about one week left to appeal their assessments for next year’s taxes.
Deadlines for assessment appeals in Hebron and Hartland townships are on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Deadlines for property owners in Dunham and McHenry townships will follow on Sept. 8 and Sept. 13.
The publication of assessments in the local newspaper of record starts a 30-day period for property owners to contest their assessments, which will be used to calculate their 2015 property-tax bills. More than half of the county’s 17 townships have published, and the deadlines for six townships have already passed.
The Thursday deadline for Hebron Township’s assessment appeals is also the deadline for taxpayers to pay their second and final installment of their 2014 property taxes.
Assessments, or one-third of a property’s value, determine a property owner’s share of the tax revenue that county, municipal, school, township and other taxing districts receive.
Each appeal is heard by a board of review, which at the end of the hearing makes a determination of the property’s value.
Tax bills cannot be mailed out until every
hearing is finished and all parcels in the county have their assessments set.
Townships in recent years have moved up the publication process because of the surge in appeals, which peaked two years ago at 10,413. The surge was fueled by frustrated homeowners who found that their property tax bills were increasing, despite their homes having lost significant value. McHenry County Supervisor of Assessments Robert Ross said he anticipates the number of appeals to drop again this year.
Because assessments determine a property owner’s share of what taxing bodies receive, getting it lowered does not guarantee that the owner’s bill will decrease as well. A successful appeal does not mean that the taxing bodies will get less money – it means that the discount you receive will be spread out among your fellow taxpayers, just as your assessment will be adjusted upward to make up for everybody else’s decreases.
The deadlines for property owners in Richmond, Chemung, Greenwood, Coral, Alden and Seneca townships to appeal has passed. Assessments for Marengo, Nunda, Riley, Grafton and Algonquin townships have not yet been published.
Townships are publishing property-tax assessments for 2014 that will be used to calculate next year’s tax bills. Residents have 30 days from the publication date to appeal.
• Hebron Township residents have until Sept. 4.
• Hartland Township residents have until Sept. 5.
• Dunham Township residents have until Sept. 8.
• McHenry Township residents have until Sept. 12.
• Property owners in Dorr and Burton townships have until Sept. 19.
The deadlines for property owners in Richmond, Chemung, Greenwood, Coral, Alden and Seneca townships has passed. Assessments for Marengo, Nunda, Riley, Grafton and Algonquin townships have not yet been published.
Source: McHenry County Office of Assessments