Kathy Blahunka, Assessor
News from the Assessor's Office
State Law Targets Property Owners Receiving an Erroneous Tax Break
County Seeks Compliance with One Year Amnesty Period
New state law (effective June 1, 2014) gives the Chief County Assessment Office authority to recapture taxable value in instances where property owners have received homestead benefits erroneously. The new law aims to create a more fairly distributed property tax burden which benefits taxpayers. Lake County is providing an amnesty period for the remaining months of 2014 in order to gain maximum compliance. To get full details on this law, you can visit the Lake County’s web site: assessor.lakecountyil.gov.
The Township Assessor is an elected position that oversees the property assessment within the Township. The Assessor’s Office staff is responsible for establishing the market value on all parcels of real estate on an annual basis. The assessed value is used to determine each taxpayer's share of the tax burden. Fairness and equity are applied to all assessments to ensure fair distribution of taxes.
There is no limit as to how much an assessment can change, up or down, because the goal is to have equitable assessments at 33.33% of market value per property tax laws in Illinois.
The assessors maintain the property records in an electronic computer system established by the Chief County Assessment Officer. Each property record details the land and any improvements to the land site.
The Assessor does not levy taxes or set the tax rates. Taxes are determined by the levies set by the local government body servicing the taxpayers.
The Assessor’s office is available to Township property owners during scheduled business hours, or by appointment.
Assessment and property tax information
Access to property record information, listed by property index number (PIN) or by address, is available through the Lake County Chief County Assessment Office website.
If you have any questions, please phone the Assessor’s Office at 847-234-3485 or contact the staff via email (see Contact Us for email addresses).
Illinois law has established several programs to provide property tax relief to qualifying property owners. These include the Illinois Homestead Exemption Program, Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Program, Senior Citizens Circuit Breaker Grants, Disabled Veterans Exemption, and others. Information on these programs may be found on the Property Tax Relief tab of the Lake County Chief County Assessment Office website.