Property Taxes

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Your Property Tax Bill

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What Can I Do to Lower my Bill?

Apply for Exemptions

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. Learn more about exemptions.

Appeal Your Assessment

Once you receive your assessment notice, visit 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.

What is Lake County Doing to Lower my Bill?

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. 

  • Learn how the County Board has kept the tax levy flat for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.

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Taxpayer Bill of Rights

As a taxpayer, you have a right to the following:

A Right to Know How Your Property Tax Dollars are Being Spent

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).

Townships 2%, Parks 3%, Forest Preserves 3%, Fire 3%, Other 4%, Lake County 7%, Cities and Villages 9%, Schools 69%

A Right to Challenge and Appeal Your Assessment

A Right to a Just Property Tax System