Lake County property tax bills in the mail
Lake County Property Tax bills are being mailed May 1st and should be received by the end of the week. The first installment is due and must be received or postmarked by Wednesday, June 6 to avoid late penalties. Any payment received after the due date must include a 1.5 percent monthly penalty. Payments can be made by mail to Lake County Treasurer’s Office 18 N. County St., Waukegan, 60085 or online by credit card or e-check.
County residents receive a single tax bill for the full year’s taxes. That bill is payable in two equal installments. The first due date is June 6 and the second installment deadline is September 6. Please note, Lake County taxpayers DO NOT receive a second bill when the second installment is due.
Property owners who DO NOT received a bill, or those looking for payment options, can obtain this by calling the Treasurer’s Office at 847-377-2323 or information is online at address noted below.
Most taxpayers will find the tax bills DECREASING in Lake Villa Township. This is due to the Lake Villa Fire Department abating $5,000,000 of their tax levy. Other taxing bodies also maintained or had moderate increases to their levies. Please link to my portion of the Lake Villa Township website for much more information (link below).
The bills are for 2017 property taxes, which are payable in 2018. Keep in mind, tax bills are based on the assessment of your property that took place last year and the appeal process has already passed. By law, only factual errors can be corrected once the bills go out, changes can not be made for market valuation issues.
Spending decreases lowers tax bills in Lake Villa Township
Taxpayers in Lake Villa Township will see lower tax bills for the real estate taxes payable in 2018. There are several taxing jurisdictions that reduced or abated their tax levies for the current tax year.
Lake Villa Fire Protection District spending down -88%
Due to conservative spending and proper financial management the Fire District is abating $5,000,000 from the tax levy. The Fire District Board members elected to spend down the budget reserves and abate the tax levy for this year. The budget reserves resulted from conservative spending and fire department employees having multiple shared duties. While budgeting for equipment, staffing, and services the Fire District was able to save taxpayer dollars and maintain full capacity. It should be noted that this abatement will only last for one year and full funding will return next year. Still the District Board and Fire Department staff should be applauded for their efforts.
Gavin School District spend down -20% in two years
Construction bonds are paid off resulting in a decrease of $500,000 each of the past two years. Additionally, further decrease of $500,000 is anticipated next year.
Grant Township High School spend down -21%
Construction bonds are paid off resulting in a decrease of $5,500,000.
If you live in and pay taxes to these districts you will see your real estate taxes decrease. Unfortunately not all Lake Villa residents will see tax decreases. However the spending increases by other taxing bodies are moderate with increases averaging about +2.5%.
Should you have any questions regarding your tax bill please contact my office.
Lake Villa Township Assessor
Jeffrey A. Lee
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Lake County Web site – www.lakecountyil.gov