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Appealing DuPage County property taxes

Monday, March 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Williams

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Did you fall out of your chair when you received your property tax bill? Do you think your assessor is wrong? Did you know you CAN do something about it?

In Illinois, property taxes are based on the market value of your home. Assessed values are required by law to be based upon the three prior years of actual sales transactions within the jurisdiction. For example, the 2013 assessed value was based upon sales occurring during the 2010, 2011 and 2012 calendar years.

Property taxes collected are used locally to fund and support community services such as fire protection, schools, park districts and construction, among others. We all want to contribute our fair share to keep these services, but what if you think they’ve over-assessed your property value?

If you want to appeal your DuPage County property taxes, you should start with your local Township Assessor’s office. They will review your information and files and provide you their results. If you still feel you’re tax bill isn’t accurate, you can file an appeal with the DuPage County Board of Review. You will need to provide evidence to support your claim, which should include three (3) or more comparable properties, preferably from the same neighborhood.

Once your appeal has been filed, you will have a hearing with the Assessor and County Board of Review. You may be asked questions about your property, as will the assessor. Once the hearing is concluded, the board will make its decision which will be mailed to the property owner after all Board of Review action is completed for the tax year. If you still think the assessment is inaccurate, you can appeal to the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board or the Appellate/Circuit Court.

To prepare for your appeal, you should:

  • Have a recent appraisal, recent sale of property or recent sales of comparable properties
  • Review your property characteristics at the assessor’s office before filing an appeal
  • Understand that Fair Market Value is not the highest or lowest selling price of a property but the most probable selling price
  • When comparing properties in your area, use only similar properties (i.e. same design, same size, etc.)

Are you interested in how your township compares to others? You can view DuPage County property tax rates for all the individual townships here.

 

2013 DuPage County Property Tax Rates

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Williams

Last year we published an article on the property taxes in DuPage County, Illinois. In the table below which is listed in order from towns with the highest tax assessment rate to the lowest, see how your property tax rate compares to other communities in DuPage County. We’ve included tax years 2012 and 2013 and calculated the difference for your convenience. Interestingly, Villa Park is the only city in DuPage County to decrease their property tax rate, from 7.77% in 2012 to 7.69% in 2013, a resulting decrease of .08. Oak Brook continues to have the lowest property taxes in DuPage at only 3.84%, due in part to the many corporations and the Oak Brook mall.

City 2012 2013 Difference
1 Glendale Heights 11.4035 12.6354 1.2319
2 Hanover Park 10.9595 12.6972 1.7377
3 Bartlett 10.1029 11.8336 1.7307
4 West Chicago 10.0131 11.2942 1.2811
5 Bensenville 9.334 10.094 0.76
6 Carol Stream 9.3051 10.2032 0.8981
7 Aurora 9.2872 10.0029 0.7157
8 Woodridge 9.1027 9.9155 0.8127
9 Bolingbrook 9.012 9.8869 0.8749
10 Wayne 8.6775 10.1954 1.5179
11 Winfield 8.3995 9.3648 0.9653
12 Elk Grove Village 8.2982 8.9105 0.6123
13 Lombard 8.2547 8.9748 0.7201
14 Addison 8.1764 9.0604 0.884
15 Glen Ellyn 7.8773 8.4647 0.5874
16 Villa Park 7.7659 7.6855 -0.0804
17 Lisle 7.6868 8.3032 0.6164
18 Bloomingdale 7.6694 8.5344 0.865
19 Itasca 7.553 8.2639 0.7109
20 Wood Dale 7.4751 8.0992 0.624
21 Roselle 7.4261 8.158 0.7319
22 Warrenville 7.3779 7.9863 0.6084
23 Wheaton 7.358 7.8747 0.5167
24 Elmhurst 6.9301 7.588 0.6579
25 Naperville 6.7945 7.2779 0.4834
26 Darien 6.7155 7.2001 0.4846
27 Westmont 6.6881 7.2014 0.5132
28 Clarendon Hills 6.1747 6.4722 0.2975
29 Downers Grove 5.873 6.3562 0.4832
30 Oak Brook Terrace 5.8489 6.4539 0.605
31 Hinsdale 5.4654 5.7334 0.268
32 Burr Ridge 5.0382 5.3477 0.3095
33 Willowbrook 4.8933 5.1734 0.2801
34 Oak Brook 3.5871 3.8389 0.2518

For more information on how real estate property taxes are determined, visit DuPage County Tax Calculation where you can also learn how to calculate taxes as a percent of purchase price.

First Time Home Buyers, Good News on $8000 Tax Credit

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 by Sari Levy

According to Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Housing Administration is going to permit its lenders to allow home buyers to use the $8,000 tax credit as a down payment on the purchase of a new home.  He shared this information at midyear legislative meetings held in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

Up until now, home buyers were only able to obtain the credit at tax filing time.  The goal of this change is to allow the FHA home buyer to have upfront access to funds when they close on their home.  By permitting this “early” credit, many more people will be able to purchase homes.  It also may mean people can spend more on their new home as a result of having up to an additional $8,000 for their down payment.  Saving a down payment is often the challenge of the first time home buyer.

Eligible home buyers will be able to access the funds immediately at the closing table because FHA’s approved lenders will be permitted to monetize the tax credit through short-term bridge loans.

While this attempt to further stimulate the market is a valiant one, it may mean that irresponsible buyers could simply use that tax credit to buy the home, default on the mortgage without ever have invested a dime of their own money.  Unless the use is still restricted on a certain percentage of the money for purchase comes directly from a buyer’s bank account. 

The restrictions/limitations on this new plan have not yet been published.  I will follow up when the details are publicized.

Don’t Make This Mortgage Mistake

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 by Gary Lucido

In my financial blog I just posted an article that is pertinent to the world of home ownership. The gist is that it usually doesn’t make sense to pay down your mortgage.



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