Cook County Asessments – What Did Harold Washington Say?

Read an article in the Chicago Sun-Times today in which Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she is still supporting Cook County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios for re-election as County Assessor. Two studies by academics have shown that … Continue reading

Nunda Township Assessments – Level and Uniformity

Nunda Township assessments three-year median average for 2017 is 31.8%. Because that is lower than the 33.3% that state law mandates, McHenry County will increase each parcel’s assessment with what is commonly called a “township multiplier.” The level of uniformity … Continue reading

2017 Richmond Township Assessment “Report Card”

As with all others in McHenry County the Richmond Township Assessor turned in assessments that will have to be raised by County government to the state-mandated percentage of fair market value. The mandate is that property be assessed at 33.3% … Continue reading

McHenry Township Assessor Mary Mahady’s Margin of Error Is 19.21%

McHenry Township Assessor has turned in her fourth year of real estate assessments and they show a margin of error of 19.21%. The margin of error, called the “Coefficient of Dispersion” by the Illinois Department of Revenue, measures how uniform … Continue reading

Marengo Township Assessments for Next Spring’s Real Estate Tax Bills

Marengo Township has a three-year median average assessment of 31.14%. That means that property owners will receive an increase via what is commonly called a “township multiplier.” Actually, the increase is imposed by County government. It is uniformly applied to … Continue reading

The State of Assessments in Greenwood Township

Moving through McHenry County township assessment alphabetically brings us to Greenwood Township. Northern Woodstock, western Wonder Lake and points between, including the Courthouse, lie in Greenwood Township. Assessments made in 2017 for which property tax bills will come this spring … Continue reading

Dorr Township Assessment Results

Dorr Township assessments are, on a three-year average–30.86%. Since state law mandates assessments be at 33.3% of a three-year average, local residents can expect their assessments to be increase by County government by approximately 8%. The margin of error, called … Continue reading

Chemung Township Assessment Level and Uniformity Measurement

Because the average median assessment over a three-year period is 31.36% of fair market value, those living in that township (the Harvard area) can expect their assessment to be increase to the state-mandated level of 33.3%. The measure of uniformity … Continue reading

Realtor Terry Pounds Comments Negatively on McHenry Township Assessments

Realtor Terry Pounds offered the following commentary on a property tax relief bill that State Rep. David McSweeney has introduced Saturday: House Bill 358 permanently freezes property tax rates in Illinois for all units of government beginning in tax year … Continue reading

County Releases Assessment Quality Statistics

Assessors use something called a “Coefficient of Dispersion” to measure the quality of assessments. It’s something like the margin of error used in political polls. The McHenry County Supervisor of Assessments has provided the following data from 2015.  This is … Continue reading

Grafton Township Assessor Al Zielinski Not Happy with Supervisor of Assessments

An email from Grafton Township Assessor Al Zielinski: Appealing your 2014 taxes and your 2015 assessments Personally and via my presentations, I’ve explained and cautioned about the assessment games played at the county level. However, I never imagined to what … Continue reading

Serwatka Meeting Features Grafton Township Assessor

From Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka: Town Hall Meeting with Grafton Township Tax Assessor As promised, on Wednesday, June 10th at 7 pm, I will be hosting our very first “WE ARE LAKEWOOD” informational Town hall meeting. Grab your property … Continue reading

Lakewood Swears In Trustees, Talk Taxes, Gravel

The Lakewood Village Trustees elected last month were sworn in Tuesday night. Re-elected were Carl Davis and Ken Santowski. They were joined by newcomer Paul Serwatka, who got more votes than any other candidate and did so without having his … Continue reading

A Benefit of Consolidating Township Governments

Back in the 1970’s, Algonquin Township Assessor Forrest Hare computerized his office, probably the first to do so in the State of Illinois. He also took an interest in how assessment could be made more accurate. Hare looked at measures … Continue reading

Cook County Assessment Crooks Go Down

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: TWO FORMER COOK COUNTY BOARD OF REVIEW ANALYSTS CONVICTED OF ACCEPTING $1,500 BRIBE TO FACILITATE $10,000 PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION CHICAGO ― Two former analysts for the Cook County Board of Review were … Continue reading