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No. Township assessors are independently elected public officials, although in the case of a vacancy the township supervisor and trustees can appoint or contract with a qualified person. They are elected for four-year terms.
No. State law requires an exemption to be granted only on the primary residence.
Yes. Under the state property tax code, the assessment of farmland is based on its agricultural economic value, not its fair cash value. All 102 counties in Illinois use the same certified values provided by the Department of Revenue each year. Major factors in farmland valuation include soil productivity, crop prices, and farm loan interest rates.
No. Homestead exemption amounts are set by the state legislature, not anyone in Jackson County.
No. Unlike Florida, Illinois does not authorize counties to collect payments for homestead exemptions that were granted through error, omission, or fraud. Without legislative authorization, we cannot accept this money.
Florida, though, has a different statute: If you are found to have more than one homestead exemption, Florida law provides "a penalty of 50% of the unpaid taxes for each year, plus 15% interest per year" for up to ten years.
When applying for Homestead Exemptions, taxpayers are certifying that the property upon which they are applying is their primary residence. In the case of property in states such as Florida, it can be very costly to a taxpayer to have been found to have homestead exemptions on two properties.
No. The General Assembly has required that "Where married persons maintain and reside in separate residences qualifying as homestead property, each residence shall receive 50% of the total reduction in equalized assessed valuation." Therefore, regardless of whether you have any recorded interest in your husband's property or whether your husband has any recorded interest in your property, this statute specifically limits the homestead exemption to $3,000 for each property.
No. It is the owner's responsibility to make sure all information on the property is correct. Not receiving your real estate tax bill does not negate your responsibility to pay.
No. Most normal maintenance of the home will not raise the assessment. Generally, work is deemed as maintenance and repair if it does not increase the square footage and does not materially alter the existing character and condition of the structure, but is limited to work performed for the purpose of prolonging the life of the property and keeping it in a well-maintained condition. For example, asphalt shingles replaced with asphalt shingles, house painting etc.
Yes. The tax code requires taxpayers to be mailed a notice any time their assessment changes. In addition, assessment changes must be published in the newspaper. In a reassessment year, all parcels receive a notice and are published in the paper even if there was no change. Taxpayers have 30 days from the date of newspaper publication to file an appeal to the Jackson County Board of Review.
Yes, it is too late to appeal your assessment. Assessments are certified to the Department of Revenue and a final multiplier has been determined from that data. However, it is possible to correct an error such as an exemption not being applied to the bill. An incorrect judgment or opinion on the value of your property is not justification for a corrected bill.
Yes. To review all exemptions and other available forms of property tax relief, see our the county form page on the county website or contact the Supervisor of Assessments office if you would like additional information.
You cannot freeze your taxes, however, if you are 65 years or older, own and occupy your home, and have a total household income of $55,000 or lower you can apply for the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption (SCAFHE), which freezes your assessed value. This application can be found under county forms on the county website or in the Supervisor of Assessments office.
The Illinois Tax Code states all address changes must be in writing and signed by either the owner of record, trustee or person holding Power of Attorney (copy of POA is required). Address change forms can be obtained from the county website.