I trust everyone had a joyous holiday season and enjoyed the mild winter we had last year. As the air warms and start to take off the winter jackets, it is the perfect time to think about real estate taxes and the value of your home. Questions such as; Am I assessed correctly? Am I receiving all the exemptions I am entitled to? Are the measurements of my house correct? Fortunately, my staff and I have created several opportunities for us to work together and make sure you are being assessed fairly and correctly.
First off, you want to make sure you are receiving all the exemptions you are entitled to receive. These include exemptions for seniors, veterans and people with disability. Each exemption comes with its own special qualifications so be sure to check with our office to see if you qualify.
Speaking of the Senior Exemption, I am proud to once again to invite our seniors to Senior Day we are holding in conjunction with Will County. This event is where seniors can get information on their assessments and possible exemptions and get answered any questions they have about our office.
The next step for a homeowner is to make sure we have the details of your property correct. Do we have the correct square footage? Do we have the proper style of the house listed? Has there been a recent sale? All these items can be found here on our website and can affect assessment.
In addition to the above, you can also file a “soft-appeal” with our office. We have developed this process to offer for you, the taxpayer, to work with our office before the official appeal has to be filed with the Board of Review. The “soft-appeal” window is open now until June 19th. You will find directions on how to file a “soft-appeal” in the link above.
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.