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Frequently Asked Questions

How can the value of my property have increased when I haven't done anything to it for many years? Property value, or market value, is determined by many factors besides home improvements. Improving neighborhoods, how many houses are for sale, and inflation also affect the value of your property. Even though your house isn't for sale, it can be worth more because of these conditions. It is the Assessor's job to determine what your property would be worth if it was now for sale.

Why do similar houses in different neighborhoods have different assessments? The houses are valued differently because their actual market values vary. The market values are different because the real estate market conditions are different. Location plays an important part in establishing market value. General location, distance from schools and commercial facilities, quality of surrounding properties, and neighborhood amenities are examples of factors that could and would cause a purchaser to pay more for a home in one neighborhood than in another.

My taxes are too high! That may be true, but don't necessarily blame it on the property assessment or the Assessor. Their job is to estimate the value of every property in the township as close to one-third of market value as possible. This will assure that each taxpayer will bear a "fair share" of the tax burden. The amount of taxes is determined by the voters, the municipalities, school boards, and other taxing bodies in the area.

Does the Assessor raise the assessment if I paint my house? No. Most normal maintenance of the home will not raise the assessment. Additions to the home, such as; in ground swimming pools, decks, porches, or fireplaces, etc., may add considerable value to the home and may increase the assessment.

What do I do if I do not agree with the assessment? The best place to start is by contacting the Assessor's Office in person or by phone. We will listen to why you feel there is a problem with the assessment and explain our position. Most problems are cleared up after talking to the Assessor, but if you are still not satisfied a complaint may be filed with the County Board of Review. (See  appeal information section.)

When I get my tax bill, is it too late to complain? Generally yes, it is too late to appeal for that assessment year unless you have already filed with the Board of Review. It might still be beneficial to talk with the Assessor, if you have not done so already, for the current assessment year.

If I purchase my home for more than it is assessed, will my assessment be increased to the sale price? Not necessarily. Frequently amenities are listed that the Assessor had no record of (i.e., finished basement, extra bath, fireplace, or remodeled kitchen/bath). The assessment would be increased to reflect the value added by those "extras." Generally, properties are studied in neighborhoods, not individually. If other sales besides yours in the neighborhood were typically higher, then an assessment increase would be warranted. If the Assessor was to increase individual assessments because of sales, inequity would be created in the neighborhood.

If you have any other questions, please contact our office.

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Contact:

Coe Township Assessor

9327 239th Street North

Port Byron, Illinois 61275

309-523-2497


Telephone:

309-523-2497


e-Mail:

coe002@gmail.com


Office Hours:

Afternoons by appointment. Please call and leave a message to schedule your appointment. The Assessor will make every effort to return your call within one working day.