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Online Filing Instructions
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 filing 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 is higher than the estimated value of similar properties.
If a property owner believes their property is over assessed, Grant Township has a new website www.imslake.org which is your best and most accurate resource for viewing property characteristics and generating grids. Prepare a grid 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 two-story home - the characteristics, baths, basement, and square footage of living area should all be similar to your property. Click HERE for instructions.
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 2020 assessment will be 2017, 2018 and 2019) to determine assessed value.
You do not have to retain the services of an attorney to protest your value. You can do this free of charge by following these guidelines:
During the appeal process you may:
- Drop off your evidence for review at our office 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday - Friday.
- E-mail your evidence to our office. JBarr@granttwpassessor.com
- Set-up a PHONE appointment with the assessor or staff member for information or assistance with the appeal process.
- File your appeal on Lake County's Smart E-Filing Portal
Lake County Board Authorizes Deferred Property Tax Payments for Hardship Due To COVID-19
For updates go to www.lakecountytreasurer.info, and through social media at https://www.facebook.com/LakeCountyTreasurer
Automatic Renewal of Homestead Exemptions 6/12/2020
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the State has enacted legislation to automatically renew exemptions for tax year 2020. The automatic renewals will affect the Senior Assessment Freeze, Disabled Persons, and Disabled Veterans exemptions.
If a taxpayer had any of the exemptions in place for tax year 2019, then the exemption will automatically be granted for tax year 2020. Taxpayers do not need to renew or file for this year. If a taxpayer has already submitted an application or renewal for 2020, no further action is required.
The only instance where an application must be made is for first time applicants or if there has been a change is the Disabled Veterans disability rating.
This legislation was supported by the Lake County Township Assessor’s Association to protect the most vulnerable population from the spread of Covid-19. Lake County will be mailing notices to those taxpayers who are impacted.
Please contact my office should if you have questions
2020 Senior Citizen’s Assessment Freeze
New On-Line Application Process
The big change this year is a paper copy of the PTAX-340 Assessment Freeze Application form will no longer be included in the mailing to senior citizens. The County has elected to have the annual renewal application be completed on-line.
The County has made this commitment to file on-line. There is a cost savings where County personnel is not processing the paperwork.
My office understands this will create difficulties for our seniors. We are here to help.
Grant Township has the paper form Illinois PTAX-340 here and we will still help you fill it out and then file it online for you. We will walk you through the online process over the phone. Please call or email us if you need assistance.
Download a copy of 2020 PTAX-340 form & instructions here
Download a copy of 2020 PTAX-340 cheat sheet here
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.
- Value all non-exempt properties
- Assist in filing Senior Homestead Exemptions
- Assist in filing Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemptions
- Distributes literature concerning assessment and tax bill process
- Provides information requested for Assessment Appeals
- Homeowners Exemption (monitor and grant for owner occupied residential properties)
- Home-Improvement Exemptions (monitor qualifying properties for $75,000 full market value or $25,000, assessment reduction)
- Request tax bill address changes
- Assist in filing agricultural valuation
- Free notary public for Grant Township residents
- Tax bill amounts
- Cross-reference of permanent real estate number and address
- Name and address supplied for properties applying for variances
- Attend both County and State level hearings for properties within Grant Township
- Adjust assessment for factual errors in documentation and records keeping of all real estate transfers
- Educating property owners on the complex property tax system
- Visit, photograph and measure all properties in the township to continually update records
- Recording/Follow-up on all permits issued
From the Assessor...
Please call or visit our office for assistance with filing for exemptions:
- Senior Homestead
- Disabled Homestead
- Home Improvement
- Returning Veteran
- Senior Assessment Freeze
- Disabled Veteran
If you are filing for the first time, please bring your photo ID showing the address for the exemption you are applying for.
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.
You can not appeal your TAXES - only your ASSESSMENT
When you receive your tax bill in May, 2020 your 1st installment is payable by June 6, 2020.
Check the lower left hand section of you 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.
We do not determine or control the amount of property taxes you must pay.
Taxes are the result of spending, not assessments, and if spending doesn't go down, taxes won't go down either.
Property taxes exist because of local government spending. Taxing bodies schools, villages, townships, county, police and fire districts, libraries, park districts, ect. depend on property tax revenues to provided local services. Each year they submit a request for property tax funds, known as the "levy". The combined "levies" actually create the tax burden, while assessments simply divide up that tax burden in an equitable way. So if government spending and the "levy" requests do decrease, most of us will see no relief in our tax bills. In fact, if levies go up because of increased spending, tax bill can actually go up, even when assessments go down.
To understand why, we have to look at the basic tax formula:
Levy divided by assessed value = Tax Rate
The levy is the amount of tax dollars that your taxing bodies request. The assessed value is the total of the assessments in the taxing district. The Tax Rate is nothing more than the calculation: the result of diving the LEVY by the ASSESSED VALUE. Taxes go up because Levies go up. Assessed values and tax rates are just the tools used to divide up the total tax burden created by the combined levies of our local taxing bodies.
Here is how it works - Our taxing body requests $100,000 (the Levy), and total assessments are 2,000,000. The tax rate now is .0500 ($100,000 divided by 2,000,000) If your assessment is 10,000 then your taxes will be 10,000 x .05 or $500. "If property values go down, won't my taxes go down?" Let's see...Our Taxing body is still requesting $100,000 (the Levy) but total assessments are 1,8000,00, down 10%. The tax rate now becomes .0556 ($100,000 divided by 1,800,000). If your assessment is 9,000 (down 10%), then your taxes will be 9,000 x .0556, still $500. Taxes didn't change - even though assessments went down - because the LEVY didn't change. The Levy drives the tax bill.
What if the levy increases but my assessment goes down?
The Levy is $110,000, 10% more, and assessments are 1,800,000, down 10%. The tax rate is .0611 ($110,000 divided by 1,800,000). If your assessment is 9,000 (down 10%), then your tax bill will be 9,000 x .0611 =$550. Up 10% like the levy, not down 10% like your assessment. The Levy drives the tax bill.
Generally, taxes do not go up because of increasing assessments and they will not go down with declining assessments. On an individual basis, if one assessment goes down substantially more than others, that one property owner may see more relief in their taxes, the tax burden has been redistributed. If one assessment doesn't change when most go down, that tax bill may increase - the tax burden has been redistributed. But, if assessments all decrease by a similar amount, there will be absolutely no change in your tax bill unless the levy changes.
Levies go up because local government spending goes up and taxes go up because Levies go up - even when assessments go down. Assessments and tax rates do not change the tax burden, they only distribute the tax burden that is created by the levies.
The only way to control taxes is to control local government spending.