The Mission of the Township
The mission of the Township Assessor's
Office is to fairly and equitably assess all real property in the
jurisdiction according to State statue. By State law,
the Assessor only sets the valuation of your property based on a
three-year weighted average of sales; she does NOT
determine your tax bill.
Your tax bill amount depends upon your
tax rate, which in turn derives from the tax levies set by the
taxing districts (schools, park districts, municipalities, et al.)
that service your area. Each taxing district gets to ask for
the amount of money it needs for the next year. In general,
if they want more money than the previous year and they receive no
opposition directly from the taxpayer, and within certain
exceptions, the levy is increased. When all of your taxing
districts decide how much money they need, the County Clerk divides
it among the property owners in the district.
Most people don't want their property
VALUES lowered, only the TAXES on that value. Lower
values mean your property won't be worth as much when you want to
sell it and isn't that the reason you bought property in the first
place? So the value could increase, not decrease?
Declining property values usually cause a tax rate increase to
cover the shortfall.
If you consider the tax amount and/or
tax rate on your property too high it is your responsibility to
contact the taxing district directly and let them know your views
about reduce spending, maintaining the current levy amount or to
even decrease it whenever possible. Every district
holds a monthly meeting that is open to the public. Call them
to confirm time and location. Don't be discouraged that your
one voice won't be heard - Every voice counts!
* * Helpful Links * *
Kane County Assessments Property Tax FAQ
Batavia School District 101
West Aurora School
about how tax rates are developed call the Kane County Clerk at
(630) 232-5964 or visit www.KaneCountyClerk.org
Please call our office if you have any questions. My staff
and/or I will be glad to discuss them with you. You may reach
us at 630.879.1323 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.