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Monday, February 15, 2016
Monday, July 04, 2016
Monday, September 05, 2016
in the Disabled Veterans’ Homestead Exemption amounts!
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 discounted assessment.
amount will increase as indicated below:
-If the veteran
has experienced a SCD ranging from 30 % - 49% will receive an
exemption of 2,500.
-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.
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.
Schedule for 2015 can be found at
Assessor Holidays 2016
January 1, 2016
January 18, 2016
February 15, 2016
May 30, 2016
July 4, 2016
September 5, 2016
October 10, 2016
November 11, 2016
November 24, 2016
December 22, 2016 (Observed)
December 29, 2016 (Observed)
ASSESSORS WORKSHOP DATES FOR 2016.
To be determined.
Monee Township Exemptions and Appeal Update
by Monee Assessor Sandra Heard
During the 2015 quadrennial year, all properties
were reassessed according the Illinois State Tax code, and
other county guidelines.
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
Tax Relief for Disabled Veterans*
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.
year we have taxpayers ask questions that are similar to
these frequently asked questions. These responses may help
shed some light on your own questions:
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
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
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!
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
Township of Assessments Website Information Disclaimer
Includes 2015 assessment data.
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.