Appealing An Assessment
A legitimate reason is needed to appeal a property tax assessment. The following
reasons would require proof:
The assessed value of the property is higher than its property's actual
market value, which would be determined by a recent sale or appraisal.
The assessment of the property is based on inaccurate information such as
incorrect lot or building dimensions.
The assessment of the property is higher than similar surrounding
Steps to Appeal an Assessment
Several methods may be used to determine the current value of the property.
Obtain a professional appraisal.
Determine the selling prices of several comparible properties by using the
previous three (3) years sales. The assessed values of those properties may be obtained from the
assessor property record cards. The record cards, along with assessment records of any property
may be inspected by taxpayers. Copies of real estate transfer declarations or other evidence of the
sale price of any property are also available.
Note: If the home was built recently, its market value can be calculated using the actual cost of
the structure and the purchase price of the land. Keep in mind that construction costs do not
always equal actual value.
The Coe Township Assessor's office maintains the property record cards that list
the assessed values. Properties in all Illinois counties, except Cook county, are assessed at one-third
of their actual market value. Therefore, the assessed value of the property should be close to one-third
of its actual market value.
Incorrect assessments may be corrected without using the formal appeals process.
The assessor should be notified of incorrect assessments early in the calendar year.
After reviewing the information and discussing concerns with the assessor,
determine if there is still a basis for a formal complaint.
All Illinois counties have a local appeal board, known as the County Board of
Review. Complaints must be filed in writing within thirty (30) days of the assesed publication date.
Assessments are published in the local paper.
The Rock Island Board of Review office furnishs complaint forms and schedules
hearing dates. Forms are also available at the Coe Township Assessor's office or they may be
downloaded at the
Rock Island County website.
Hearings are held at the Board of Review office in the Rock Island County building located at 1504
3rd Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois. The Supervisor of Assessments serves as the
Clerk of the Board of Review and can answer questions when the Board is not in session.
The Board of Review has the power to raise or lower individual assessments and
they may also adjust assessments on their own initiative. However, assessments can not be raised
without proper taxpayer notification, and taxpayers are given an opportunity for a hearing. It is
important to remember that tax bills are based on assessments. The Board of Review may adjust
assessments but they do not have the authority to change a tax rate. After deliberating, the Board of
Review will provide written notification of their decision.