SUMMER Office Hours WINTER Office Hours
March 16th thru
September 16th thru March 15th
Monday & Wednesday
9:00am to 1:00pm Monday & Wednesday
9:00am to 4:00pm Thursday 9:00 to 4:00
Tuesday & Thursday
9:00am to 3:00pm
Closed for lunch 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Closed for lunch from Noon -1:00pm
March 16th thru September 15th
Monday & Wednesday
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am to 4.00pm
Closed for lunch from 12:30pm -1:30pm
Up coming Office Closures.
(FOR A FULL CLOSURE SCHEDULE SEE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
Monday, July 04, 2016
Monday, September 05, 2016
The Board of Review Appeal
deadline is September 6, 2016.
2016 Assessments are
available on our website.
Recent “Changes” in the
Disabled Veterans’ Homestead Exemption amounts!
This exemption allows a
veteran with a service-connected disability (SCD) of at least 30% that
was issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to receive a
-The exemption amount will
increase as indicated below:
-If the veteran has
experienced a SCD ranging from 30 % - 49% will receive an exemption of
-If the veteran
experienced a SCD that ranges from 50 %- 69% will receive an exemption
value of 5,000
- A 100% exemption from
taxes is granted if the percentage of SCD is 70% or greater.
NOTICE OF MONEE
TOWNSHIP PUBLIC MEETINGS
Township Board Meetings are held on the Third Thursday of each month at
7:00pm at the Monee Township Hall (Egyptian Trail Location), 26121
Egyptian Trail Monee.
2015 can be found at
Assessor Holidays 2016
January 1, 2016
January 18, 2016
February 15, 2016 May
July 4, 2016
September 5, 2016
October 10, 2016
November 11, 2016
November 24, 2016
December 22, 2016 (Observed)
ASSESSORS WORKSHOP DATES FOR 2016.
To be determined.
Township Exemptions and Appeal Update
Article published by Monee
Assessor Sandra Heard
During the 2015 quadrennial year, all
properties were reassessed according the Illinois State Tax code,
and other county guidelines.
After the 2015
quadrennial year reassessment process a factor of 1.4% increase was
applied to most residential properties in the Township by the Will
County Supervisor of Assessment. If you have questions or concerns
that should be discussed, you may call to set appointment for review
by the Assessor.
In the past assessments were reduced due to the
loss in value of homes increase of foreclosures and short sales.
While foreclosures and short sales still exist, some sales values
have increased due to resell of properties by investors after
renovations are made.
Relief for Disabled Veterans*
information: the Public
Act 99-0375 increases the exemption amounts in 35 ILCS 200/15-169
and lowers the service-connected disability threshold to qualify for
the exemption beginning with the 2015 tax year for the property
taxes payable in 2016.
Every year we have
taxpayers ask questions that are similar to these frequently asked
questions. These responses may help shed some light on your own
Will lowering your assessment lower your tax dollars?
No, in most cases, the Assessment value times the rate equals taxes
paid (Assmt x rate=$). One of the political affects on your
taxes dollar is that assessments are the only portion of your tax
bill that can be appealed. While there is no avenue to appeal
rates, it is the rate portion of your bill that increases when
assessments decrease. The Taxing Bodies’ budget amount drives
the rate so that they can continue to get the same dollars every
year or even an increase. This system should be updated so that
taxpayers could realize a reduction in tax dollars and tax rates
could remain at a level that could retain businesses in the
township. Businesses tend to leave or will avoid a community when
tax rates are too high. When businesses lessen or stay away from a
community, then tax burden falls on residents even more.
It is no argument that all taxpayers,
including myself, want and need to see a break in their taxes.
It is understandable that there is a level of dissatisfaction in the
amount of taxes that have to be paid by thousands of households who
have also experienced income reductions, job losses, reduction of
retirement income but expenses have not reduced and in some cases
have increased including their Tax Bill.
When individual taxpayers demand assessment reductions, then
how does this affect other residents’ taxes?
All taxpayers are affected by decisions that are made
for anyone else in the township. The Assessors’ office is
responsible for applying fair assessment for the entire township.
To reduce one property 50%, as some have requested, then this
property would be inequitably assessed compared to other similar
properties in the township. Then in order to remove the inequity,
similar properties would have to be reduced 50%. The problem is
that this is not possible to reduce any neighborhood in the township
as much as 50% because of state and county limitations. But for
sure if they were to reach such low levels, then taxing bodies’
rates would double to make up the difference and your tax bill would
still reflect the same dollars due from you.
Example: If old assessment was 50,000 with
rates at 10% then taxes = $5,000 but if the assessments are reduced
to 25,000 then the rate that would have to be increased to 20% in
order to raise the same $5,000 in tax revenue.
Question: Should foreclosure sales prices represent
market value since that is what houses are selling for currently?
Foreclosure prices by definition are prices that are less than
market value. These are the prices that are accepted in a situation
where you have a motivated seller or bank owned inventory that needs
to move fast. Buyers of foreclosures and short sale homes will
receive discounts when buying homes. Then they fix them up so a
profit can be made when they resell or they may decide to rent them
out. The problem here is that market value cannot move downward as
fast as foreclosure prices do. But even if they did, the following
year the new foreclosure prices would be even lower. There has to
be a limit established that separates market price from foreclosure
prices, they should never be the same number.
How does Investor purchases and assessment reduction request affect
residents of the Township?
This appeal season has consisted of primarily investors who do not
live in the township but purchases properties at low values and then
resell within a year to make a significant profit, sometimes 2-4
times their purchase prices. While investors do have the right to
appeal just as other property owners in the township, and they
generally do so by hiring attorneys, they sometimes do not qualify
to file. At our office, we diligently review the appeals documents
provided and research the particular property's sales history,
conditions of the property at the time of sale via MLS information,
verify that the comparables provided are in Monee Township(some come
from Cook County and we cannot consider these) and the condition of
these sales. Then we provide supporting evidence for the subject
property's current assessment.
This activity is conducted even when the
investor does not qualify to file since they did not own the
property as of 1/1/15. Also many times the property may have had
multiple owners in the current year and the person filing is no
longer the current owner. When assessors go to appeals to defend
the assessments, if there was no agreement between the property
owner and the assessor, the purpose is to be fair. At the same
time, assessors must be cognizant of certain circumstances that may
represent an unfair advantage that some investors may be seeking.
If a thorough job is not done in these instances and a reduction is
granted giving an unfair advantage to any property owner, then the
difference in taxes not paid will eventually be obtained from the
homeowners who live in the township. This is why I stand my ground
to encourage and ensure that fairness and equity remains.
What else can be done to help taxpayers lower their tax bill?
Assessors advocate options to help taxpayers save on their tax
bill. Assessments have been lowered so you can see some saving in
the past years. Keeping in mind, if the taxpayers in the tax base
are diminishing then there is less revenue of the taxing bodies like
your schools, police and fire, parks, libraries, community colleges
and forest preserves. However, I continue to fight for Seniors to be
fairly treated with their Senior Assessment Freeze and
minimize increases to their taxes in their retirement years. Every
year, I review thousands of assessments to ensure neighborhood
equity. I am constantly trying to arrive at resolutions that will
lend to the best solution for all involved.
Exemptions: Check your tax bill for exemptions to see if you have
all that is due to you. The list of exemptions include Homestead
exemptions, senior exemptions (65 years or older) and senior
assessment freeze (based on income of $55,000 a year or
under for the entire household), disabled person or
disabled veteran, returning veterans and home improvement
exemptions. If you are not sure which exemption you should have
on your property or what is your current exemption, and then call us
during office hours and someone will be able to assist you in
obtaining this information. Do you know anyone 65 years
or older them contact us ASAP!
You may contact us
by phone 708-534-6023, fax 708-534-6027 and website
If you have questions, you may call during office hours (Monday and
Wednesday from 9 am- 12 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am- 3 pm are
winter hours) drop in or set an appointment as needed.
Monee Township of Assessments Website Information Disclaimer
Includes 2015 assessment data.
The information on this Web is for reference only and will be updated periodically the official complete and most current records can be obtained at the Monee Township Assessor's Office. This site is offered as a service to the community and our office will make every effort to ensure the data displayed is accurate at the time of each update. The information contained on this site was compiled from data available at the County's Supervisor of Assessment's Office is solely for the governmental purpose of property assessment. This information should not be relied upon by anyone as the final determination of ownership of property, market value and/or for any other purpose without verification of the information with official records on file.
We are currently updating the Commercial and Industrial information. Contact my office if you need assistance.
The Monee Township Assessment Office assumes no responsibility nor liability for any unauthorized dissemination of the information and/or damages arising from the use of the property data contained herein. All information in regards to property characteristics are provided by the Monee Township Assessor's Office and we will make every effort to ensure the data provided is accurate. Please contact the Monee Township Office directly if you have any questions, regarding the accuracy of the property characteristics.