Burton Township’s Candice Marquette and Paul Kaup offer the following for your consideration:
McHenry County Homeowners,
2015 is a quadrennial home assessment year in Illinois but many of us who reside in the Burton Township weren’t prepared for knockout upset when we opened our current property tax assessments.
Many homeowners faced double digit surges with one being as high as 120%.
Home values have continually decreased and home sales are slow yet the tax bill keeps mounting with no end in sight.
Now many tax bills rival the monthly mortgage payments.
A grassroots conversation began within the town and several residents reached out to the township tax assessor Jessica Huber (who actually lives in Wisconsin to avoid the high property tax bills) for an explanation.
She provided many reasons for the dramatic assessment increases.
- She was directed to revise our areas assessments “up”, she said she was told that her predecessor made many mistakes and had miss assessed our area.
- It’s a quadrennial tax year and she will not be doing any revisions so take it up with the review board.
- She claims our houses have more value now than what they have been assessed in the past.
The outrage has spawned three public meetings with local political representatives, township assessors and supervisors for explanation and recourse but the overall feeling is hopelessness for the residence that now must scramble to prepare for the inevitable tax bill.
Selling and leaving the state is not a quick solution because the high property taxes are a deterrent to potential buyers and the burden is passed to the new owner instead of being resolved.
The enormous property tax burden is unsustainable and results in many questioning if it’s time to pull up stakes and abandon Illinois.
How does the county reasonably expect homeowners to pay up an additional $1000, $2000, $3000, for TY 2015?
This is an unreasonable demand by the county.
After digging into this problem it becomes evident that the system is broken along with the State of Illinois being broke.
There seems to be very little political will to solve this problem, and make it a much simpler, transparent process.
We all need to join this fight together in a grass roots effort.
It has become evident to me that is the only way these problems are going to get attention.
We are all fighting this battle as small groups in individual townships throughout the county and the state.
We need to stage a protest at the County Administrative Building in Woodstock.
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