Who assesses property?
Most property is locally assessed, meaning valued by an assessment professional in our County.
In Lake County, township assessors have primary valuation responsibility. In Lake County, 17 of our 18 assessors are full time. Assessors must qualify to hold office on the basis of certain course work in assessment techniques.

A few types of property are assessed by the State, such as railroad operating property and pollution control facilities which have been certified as such by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The value of state-assessed property is a small percentage of the value of all taxable property. State-assessed properties are valued by the Department of Revenue, and assessments are certified to appropriate County Clerks for inclusion in local tax bases.

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1. What is an assessment?
2. Who assesses property?
3. Who oversees that the assessment work is completed each year?
4. When are initial assessments complete?
5. Are taxpayers notified about the assessments on their property?
6. What property is exempt from property tax?
7. What property tax relief is available?
8. What problems are generated by inequality in assessments for taxpayers?