WELCOME TO THE CHEMUNG TOWNSHIP ASSESSOR’S OFFICE
The Township Assessor
The Township Assessor is elected to a four-year term. The Assessor establishes and maintains a property valuation system that fairly and equitably distributes the revenue (dollars approved through the levying process) required to operate the local governments among the township property owners. The Township Assessor determines the assessed value of property, both land and buildings with the exception of farmland, within the boundaries of the specific township. In Illinois, the statutory level of assessments is one-third of market value.
The Township Assessor is responsible for discovering/identifying, listing and determining the fair cash value of most property within the jurisdiction. All property is valued and assessed as of January 1 of the tax year. Establishing equitable assessments among like properties is a critical aspect of the assessor’s role. This will insure that all township property owners are afforded their constitutional right to equal treatment and equal taxation under the law.
The assessed valuation of real estate will determine the tax burden that is created by the taxing bodies which include schools, counties, townships and municipalities.
This process is complex and may create questions. Please contact this office with any questions that you have. You may contact this office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 815-943-8456.
Douglas J Hawthorne
Certified Illinois Assessing Officer
Chemung Township Assessor
MOST COMMON PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS
What are “Exemptions” and am I getting all the exemptions that I am entitled to?
Exemptions are a value deducted from your Assessment before the tax rate is applied when calculating your property tax. EXEMPTIONS SAVE YOU TAX DOLLARS. The following are the most common exemptions available:
- Annual Homestead Exemption – Also known as the Owner Occupied Exemption this exemption is available to those who own and live in their property as their primary residence. You are only entitled to one Annual Homestead Exemption regardless of the number of homes you own.
- Senior Citizen’s Homestead Exemption – This is an additional exemption available to those who are 65 years old and qualify for the Annual Homestead Exemption.
- Senior Citizen’s Homestead Assessment Freeze Exemption – This is an additional exemption for those who qualify for the Annual Homestead Exemption and the Senior Homestead Exemption. Additionally, you must have lived in your home for two consecutive January 1st’s and do not exceed a total household income level of $55,000 (subject to change).
- Home Improvement Exemption – This is an exemption granted by the Township Assessor for improvements made to your home that increase the assessed value of your property. Currently, the Home Improvement Exemption maximum amount is $25,000 and may be given for up to 4 years. Improvements made to your home/property and maintenance done to your home/property differ. Contact your Assessor if you have any questions
- Disabled Person’s Homestead Exemption – This is an exemption offered to individuals with disabilities recognized by the Social Security Administration, the State of Illinois and/or your doctor. You must qualify for the Annual Homestead Exemption and have lived in your home since January 1st of the year you are applying for.
- Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Exemption – If you are a Disabled Veteran, you may qualify for an additional exemption. Contact your Assessor with questions pertaining to this exemption.
- There may be other exemptions available. Contact the McHenry County Assessment Office at 815-334-4290 or go to the Assessment Department at www.co.mchenry.il.us .
INFORMATION ON ASSESSMENT APPEALS
SHOULD I FILE AN ASSESSMENT APPEAL ON MY PROPERTY?
You should consider filing an appeal if:
- You feel that you could not have sold your property for the Fair Cash Value listed on the current Tax Bill on January 1 of the tax bill year.
- You feel that your assessment is too high
- You have discussed your assessment with the Assessor and you still feel that you can support an argument that you are over assessed.
- You have evidence that similar properties have sold (the “ideal” sales window is July of the previous year thru June of the current year – 12 months) via representative transaction of the market for less than your property is valued. This is known as the Market Approach/Basis for an appeal. A minimum of three comparable sales are recommended.
- You have an appraisal from a certified appraiser with a date of valuation of January 1 of the current year or within 6 months either side of January 1 of that year.
- You can show that similar properties in the immediate area/neighborhood are valued/assessed lower than you property. This is known as the Equity Approach/Basis for an appeal.
- The burden of providing evidence is the responsibility of the tax payer.
- You may appeal your assessment on both a market and equity approach.
- Go to the Assessments Department at co.mchenry.il.us to learn more and to get the forms necessary for filing an appeal.
- REMEMBER, YOU ARE FILING AN APPEAL ON YOUR ASSESSED VALUE, NOT YOUR TAXES! YOU CAN NOT APPEAL YOUR TAXES THROUGH THE ASSESSOR’S OFFICE.
WHAT IS THE ASSESSMENT NOTICE
Once each year (generally in the late summer), Assessment Notices are mailed to the parties responsible for property tax payments. The Assessment Notice is a very important and informative document. The notice includes:
- The assessed value of the property broken down between land and buildings, as of January 1 of that year. (So the value is about ½ to ¾ of a year old when you receive it.) Illinois State Statutes require assessed values to be 1/3 of market value.
- The full Fair Market Value of your property.
- The value of the same property for the previous year. This provides you with a basis for comparison of your values.
- A list (not value) of your exemptions on the property identified by an “x”.
- How to file an appeal which is your right to do. You have 30 days from the publication date (not when you receive the notice) to file an appeal.
AM I ABLE TO MEET WITH MY TOWNSHIP ASSESSOR?
Yes. You may reach Doug Hawthorne via at 815-943-8456 or via email at email@example.com . Appointments are recommended as we may be out of the office doing fieldwork.
CHEMUNG TOWNSHIP ASSESSOR
807 8TH Street
Mailing Address – PO Box 22
Harvard, IL 60033
Office Hours By appointment only (Generally speaking the Office is open 8:00 – 3:30)
McHENRY COUNTY ASSESSORS CONTACT INFORMATION
OTHER McHENRY COUNTY OFFICES
- County Clerk 815-334-4242
- County Recorder 815-334-4110
- Planning & Development 815-334-4560
- Supervisor of Assessments 815-334-4290
- County Treasurer 815-334-4260