2013 Assessment Information:
Start watching the mail for your
assessment notice toward the end of July. Our 2013 values were
submitted to the county on July 2nd. We are hoping for
publication and notice mailing the last week in July.
All properties receive an assessment
notice letter but only those properties changed during any
recalculation for that specific year are published unless it is a
Quad years (2011, 2015) are general
revaluation years and all parcels are published. Don’t be alarmed
if your parcel isn’t published for 2013, it simply means that you
will receive the township equalization factor which will reduce your
assessment for the 5th consecutive year.
Read your assessment notice. It
contains the assessment values from the prior year (2012) and 2013,
showing the percent differences. A little further down on the
notice it states the full market value as of the legal valuation
date of January 1, 2013.
If your property is owner occupied it
will show any exemptions you are currently receiving. There are
many exemptions available but you probably don’t qualify for all so
don’t be alarmed if you see empty boxes with no exemption
description. Concentrate on the exemptions shown for your
Remember the reasons you may wish to
appeal your assessment:
Your full market value
shown on the assessment notice is too high on the valuation date of
January 1, 2013
Your assessment is higher
than similar properties in your area
simply if the tax bill is too high
Here’s a listing of pages on our
website that may assist you during appeal:
Appeals – gives the
details of information you need to collect if you wish to appeal
Property Search – allows
you to search by specific PIN, address, or properties on a specific
street to gather sales, building or assessment information.
Exemptions – gives a full
explanation of the exemptions available to those who qualify.
FAQ – answers some of the
most frequent questions that the public has
Taxpayer’s Guide –
provides lots of information (some contained in above pages) but a
document easy to print that pretty inclusive of assessment related
As usual, my staff and I will try to
see as many people possible during that 30-day appeal period
however, depending on the volume of appeals we may not be able to
assist everyone. The second item on the steps to review and appeal
your assessment is to contact the assessment office. However, with
limited staff we physically may not be able to assist everyone
during that limited time. Please don’t be angry if you come in late
during that 30-days and are told to preserve your right to an appeal
by filing directly with the county. This does happen toward the end
of the appeal time so I urge you to contact the office early in the
An e-mail address has been set up –
– specifically for appeal information being sent to the office.
A link is provided below for the
county website to obtain the 2013 appeal form.
I hope this information helps.
Carol L. Perschke, CIAO/I
WERE YOU BORN IN 1947 OR BEFORE?
year Baby Boomers! There is an economic benefit
to turning 65. If you or one of the owners of your home were
born in 1947 or earlier and the home is occupied as
primary residence you are entitled to exemptions that will
reduce your taxable assessment. You don’t have to wait until
both owners are 65.
1. The Annual Homestead Exemption
reduces the taxable assessment by $6,000.
2. The Elderly Homestead Exemption
reduces the taxable assessment by $4,000.
3. The Senior Assessment Freeze
actually freezes the assessment as long as the owner qualifies per
the financial and ownership requirements within the exemption.
in the office anytime during your 65th year
and complete the exemption form. If your property is deeded to
a trust you need to bring a copy with to prove your ownership
interest in the trust. We also need to send a copy of your
driver’s license with the application.
Please remember, according to State of
we are to assess
property at one-third market value.
We are not allowed to assess on individual situations
or the ability to pay.
We are not allowed to ‘step in’ increases over time during
the reassessment process.
Carol Perschke, CIAO/I
McHenry Township Assessor