Property Tax Information
Lake County property owners receive their tax bill from the Lake County Treasurer in May with due dates in June and September.
- View your tax bill and check the payment status
- Ways to pay your bill
- Example property tax bill (PDF)
- Treasurer's Office FAQ's (Tax Bills and More)
- Understanding the property tax process graphic (PDF)
Your Property Tax Distribution
The Treasurer sends out tax bills and collects and distributes funds for all Lake County taxing districts. While taxpayers pay their property taxes to the Lake County Treasurer, Lake County government only receives about seven percent of the average tax bill payment. School districts get the biggest portion (about 69 percent).
See how your individual property taxes are distributed (for any parcel) and how to contact those taxing bodies on Lake County's Tax Distribution website.
Search for Property Tax Information
To make property tax information easily accessible, Lake County has launched tax.lakecountyil.gov, which combines data from the Treasurer, County Clerk, and Chief County Assessment Office into one searchable database.
Search any Lake County property free of charge by entering an address, property PIN number, or property owner name to view tax bill information, property history, exemptions, permits, sketches, sales history, and a host of other property characteristics.
Property Tax FAQ: What Can I Do?
Determine if you have all the exemptions to which you are entitled by using the Smartfile E-filing Portal. Homestead exemptions can provide relief to eligible homeowners, as it exempts a certain dollar amount or percentage of a home’s value from property taxes. Exemptions are available for disabled persons, general homestead, home improvement, seniors, and veterans.
Once you receive your assessment notice, visit tax.lakecountyil.gov for details on your home and check for accuracy. If you feel you are over-assessed, you should contact your township assessor’s office; then if necessary, file an assessment appeal. Assessment appeals filed in 2019 are applicable for tax bills paid in 2020.
Provide input at a local budget hearing! The Lake County Clerk's office maintains a list of the local taxing districts' scheduled public meetings relating to budgets, tax levies, and truth in taxation. View schedule.
Property Tax FAQ: What Can Lake County Do?
Lake County has more than 200 individual entities that levy property taxes, which is why the Lake County Board is pursuing partnerships and looking for consolidation opportunities to reduce this number. Consolidation eﬀorts are centered around partnerships that will enhance eﬃciency, accountability, and cost savings.
One recent example is the dissolution of the Seavey Drainage District. Lake County is also working on ﬁnal agreements for consolidation with the Lakes Region Sanitary District. Transitioning service to the Lake County Public Works department will allow for the streamlining of resources and the eventual elimination of the district tax levy. Lake County is also collaborating with public safety partners from across the county to explore opportunities to consolidate many 911 centers into a few regional 911 centers to improve public safety and eﬃciency, and provide cost savings.