Jeri J. Barr Assessor
WE'RE HERE TO HELP
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
Assessment notices will be mailed from the county on July 25, 2013 and all changes will be published in the Lake County Journal on that day as well.
Please look over your new assessment notice carefully to verify information regarding your property and to see the value of your property as of January 1, 2013.
Our office is required by law to use sales from the 3 previous years 2010, 2011 & 2012 to determine your property's value for 2013.
WE DO NOT DETERMINE THE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY TAX YOU MUST PAY IN 2014.
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 filling 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 www.lakecountyil.gov 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, 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.
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 2013 assessment will be 2010, 2011 & 2012) to determine assessed value. The assessed value may seem high compared to today's prices but we must follow the Illinois Property Tax Code and include the older sales.
You do not have to retain the services of a tax rep to protest your value. You can do this free of charge by following these guide lines:
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Online Appeal Filing
DURING THE APPEAL
PERIOD, YOU MAY SUBMIT EVIDINCE THAT YOUR ASSESSMENT IS INCORRECT.
Notice to property owners with flood damage
Damage to "taxable property" (landscaping not eligible) may qualify for a one year re-assessment of property for the tax year 2013 (payable in 2014)
To fill out an application go to: http://assessor.lakecountyil.gov/Pages/Default.aspx
Copies of photos and/or estimates for damage repair from contractors can be sent along with the application to the CCAO office on the PTAX-245 form, The township assessor's office will then come out to your property to do an inspection and adjust your 2013 assessment based on the amount of damaged sustained
Access to disaster help and resources
From the Assessor...
WE DO NOT DETERMINE OR CONTROL THE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY TAXES YOU MUST PAY.
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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