What follows is what Wonder Lake’s Bob Anderson and friends are passing out in McHenry County. He stopped over last week to show me and then went to hand some out door-to-door in Crystal Lake.
Bob owns a barber shop in Wonder Lake with an empty lot next door. He contends its an unbuildable lot, assuming one has to have a well and septic tank separated by 75 feet. The lot dimensions are 50 feet by 120 feet. There are other requirements. You loose 20 of the 50 feet because of required setbacks. The front of the building also has to be as far back from the street as neighboring buildings.
The result of his having had his assessment raised more than he though reasonable can be seen below.
ARE YOUR REAL ESTATE TAXES
HIGH ? $$$$
PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS HAVE A DIRECT IMPACT ON PROPERTY TAX BILLS!!!
WITH THE SOFT HOUSING MARKET YOU MAY BE OVER – ASSESSED
SEE THE INFORMATION GUIDE, ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS NOTICE, FOR PROTESTING PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS.
HOMES +++ VACANT +++ BUSINESS
AS A TAXPAYER IT IS YOUR RIGHT TO APPEAL YOUR PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS. SO READ ON!!
THIS GUIDE IS MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU BY “Citizens for Fair Assessments”.
APPEAL YEAR: You will be appealing assessments for the year 2008.You may not appeal prior tax years.
COMPLAINT FORMS: Forms are available from McHenry County Board of Review Administration Building Suite 106 McHenry County Government Center, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock. You can pick them up, hour’s 8:00AM to 4:30PM or call 815-334-4276 or 815-334-4282 to have forms mailed to you. . Forms are also available from the County web site www.co.mchenry.il.us. go to departments, then assessments, then forms. You will need forms for each property protested.
SUBMISSION OF EVIDENCE: You must have evidence to support complaints. An opinion of fair cash market value must be submitted at the time of complaint filing. You will need four (4) copies of evidence documents.
Recent bank or other appraisal.
Market value analysis by a real estate agent.
Comparable neighborhood properties (three are needed).
INTERNET USE FOR COMPARABLE ASSESSMENTS: The Treasurer’s Office has a web site www.mchenrytreasurer.org. It can be used by you to look up any Real Estate Tax, which is public record. There are three ways to do this, by someone’s name, address, or PIN number. County Treasurer Bill Lefew is willing to help. Just call him at: 815-334-4260.
HEARINGS/MEETING: Hearings will be held at McHenry County Board of Review Administration Building Suite 106 McHenry County Government Center, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock. You will be notified. Hearings last about 15 minutes.
FILING DEADLINE: Fully completed complaint forms must be filed with the clerk of Appeal Board 30 days after publication in the newspaper or mailing of assessment cards.
WHERE TO FILE COMPLAINT FORMS: Forms are filed at the McHenry County Administrative building with the Office of Assessments either in person or by mail. If you need further information call the Office of Assessments at 815-334-4290
ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION: You can hire an attorney to represent you. In most cases, this is not necessary.
HELP US OUT: Please pass this information on to your neighbors and others!!!
MAILING LIST: We are gathering a postal and E-Mail list.
Please E-Mail to Ed2mar68@yahoo.com
IT IS YOUR RIGHT TO APPPEAL YOUR PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS
JUST DO IT !!
PROVIDED BY CITIZENS FOR FAIR ASSESSMENT