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The Senior Freeze exemption does freeze the assessment, but it does not freeze the tax rates. In most cases this year, tax rates have increased. The taxing districts can continue to ask for more money and if the rate goes up then your tax bill will go up. But you have to remember that over the years, because of this exemption, you have saved hundreds if not thousands of dollars each year.
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By Illinois State Statutes, your payment must be U.S. postmarked by the due date in order to be processed as a timely payment. If you are receiving a balance due statement, then your payment was not U.S. postmarked (metered mail is not acceptable) on time and penalties have accrued. Placing your payment in the mailbox does not guarantee the envelope will be postmarked on that day. If you are going to wait until the last day to mail your payment, the only way to guarantee the official postmark is to go to the local post office and ask to have the envelope hand stamped.
The tax bills will be mailed the first part of May, with due dates in early June and September. Duplicate copies of the tax bills are available online once the bills are mailed.
There are several factors that could make your tax bill increase: an increase in the property equalized assessed value, an increase in tax rates, which come from the individual taxing districts, and new referendums approved by voters.
The tax remains with the property, regardless of ownership. To determine your liability for paying the tax, check your closing statement to see if the seller gave you credit, or contact your attorney.
Yes, prepayments are accepted December 15th - December 29th.
Yes, you can. Please make sure that your math is correct. List the parcel numbers of the properties you are paying on your check. Include the correct coupon(s) for each payment you are making.
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
You can pay online or by phone [(877) 690-3729 jurisdiction code: 7021] with your credit card (fees apply) or E-check (free). You can also pay at most Lake County banks and by mail or in person at the Treasurer's office. For more information, click here.
In our office, you can use Visa, MasterCard, or Discover (fees apply). Online, you can use any major credit card (a convenience fee charged). You can also pay by eCheck online (NO fees).
Yes, only before or on the due date, and it must be an official U.S. postmark.
According to Illinois State Statute, the County Treasurer must hold an annual tax sale to sell unpaid property taxes, drainage and special assessments. Please remember that the County is not selling the property at the sale, but rather, the unpaid taxes. The homeowner has at least two years to pay the redemption. It should be noted that the longer the homeowner waits to redeem these taxes, the more the interest could be.