When my Crystal Lake Community High School Class of 1960 held its tenth reunion, I was on the committee. We put together a questionnaire and one question this then-late twenty-something guy came up with was
“What do you want on your tombstone?”
Now, with classmates of this 67-year old dying, it doesn’t seem so amusing, but you know how young people think they are immortal.
My line was
“The Taxman Cometh.”
I was McHenry County Treasurer at the time.
Today, the Taxman came(th).
Thanks to a property tax appeal by attorney Jim Bishop (you’ll see his ad to the left every once in a while), our real estate bill decreased from $8,831.72 to $7,642.80, a 13 1/2% cut.
OK. so why bother you with how much we are going to save this year?
The reason is so you can protect yourself next year.
Those of use who got lower real estate assessments in 2009 than we had in 2008 (remember, the tax cycle is always one year behind) got a lower tax bill.
Those who got reductions will pay a smaller percentage.
So, to protect yourself next year, you need to appeal your real estate tax assessment. You can do it yourself—just find 3-5 properties that are worth what yours is, but are assessed lower, fill out the form, submit it and argue it before the McHenry County Board of Review—or you can hire an attorney like Jim Bishop at 815-455-0244.