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June 2022
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The Latest News

Wirepoints: Illinois property tax bills have grown 268% since 1990

By Kevin Bessler | The Center Square

(The Center Square) – Illinois property taxes have far outpaced household incomes and home values since 1990, a Wirepoints analysis shows.

Tax bills per household have grown 268% since 1990, while average home values have grown 114%.

According to the nonprofit Wirepoints, the average household now owes nearly $4,400 in residential taxes each year, up from $1,200 in 1990.

In 2020, property taxes ate up 5.9% of median household incomes in Illinois. Thirty years ago, property tax bills consumed just 3.6% of incomes.

Wirepoints President Ted Dabrowski said Gov. J.B. Pritzker promised to address property taxes when he was elected, but it hasn’t happened.
Other Ways You Can Reduce your Lake County Property Tax Burden! 

Written By Ron Kingsley, LCA Tax Attorney and Owner

If Lake County Appeal can reduce your Lake County property’s assessed value, your property tax burden will decrease. Additionally, there are many exemptions available to taxpayers that can reduce the burden even more.

Make certain that you are receiving all of those you are entitled to! The value of the exemption is the exemption amount multiplied by your tax rate, which is on your tax bill.

General Homestead Exemption: 
Lowers your principle residence’s assessed value (“AV”) by $6,000;

Homestead Exemption Recapture:
Please be aware that the Chief County Assessment Office has the ability to recapture taxable value in instances where homestead benefits were received in error;
Opinion | Letter: Why do we have township governments?

By Shaw Local News Network

Please note that, while this Opinion | Letter makes some valid points, in its totality it does not represent Lake County Appeal’s views.
Townships are a political tax scam supported by the 11,500-member Township Officials of Illinois. The township empire is old and wobbly, held together by the TOI. The organization is a powerful political force in Springfield with one priority — the continuation of township government on our tax bills.

Landlords Can Help Select Tenants Obtain $6,000 General Homestead Exemptions
Written By Jill Odzer,
Lake County Appeal, Commercial Analyst
Property taxes in Lake County are a growing concern to landlords and their bottom lines. As an investor, are you taking advantage of every exemption to limit property tax costs? Most homeowners know that their primary residence may qualify for the general homestead and senior exemptions. However, a single-family home (or condominium) tenant’s residence may also qualify if the tenant’s leases state that the tenant is responsible for the property tax liability. Under this arrangement, the tenant would continue to pay a monthly rent that includes the property tax liability, and the landlord would write the property tax checks payable to the county (i.e., business as usual).

Summer Activities in Lake County

BLUES FEST IN LONG GROVE. The Blues Fest celebrates summer with Chicago Blues legends Mike Wheeler Band, Jamiah Rogers, Mary Lane, Willie Buck, Casey Lee, and more! Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 1 p.m.

LIBERTYVILLE DAYS FESTIVAL. This year’s festival theme will be “A Celebration of Everyone!” Located in downtown Libertyville. Thursday, June 16th - Sunday, June 19th.

CRAFT BEER ADVENTURE FESTIVAL AT RICHARDSON FARM. An adult-only, fun time on Richardson Adventure Farm with craft beers, wine, and spirits. Saturday, June 25, 2022.

DEER PARK ART SHOW. The 6th annual Deer Park Art Show at Deer Park Town Center features a unique showcase
of innovative artists featuring all mediums and price points. Saturday, June 25th,
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 26th,
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

GRAYSLAKE'S SUMMER FARMERS MARKET. The Grayslake Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization that fosters a sense of community by operating a weekly three season outdoor shopping experience in the historic downtown center that offers fresh farm and prepared foods, arts and crafts, music, and children’s activities. Wednesdays: 3-7 p.m.

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Home Improvements
Tip Of The Month
Pressure-wash outdoor areas

Winter weather can leave behind all sorts of dirt and grime on your home's exterior and other outdoor areas. Take advantage of the warmer weather to give your home a high-powered cleaning. A pressure washer can make quick work of clearing away buildup on siding, driveways, decks, patios and walkways. If you don't own a pressure washer, you can often rent one at your local home center or hardware store. As you clean your home's exterior, be sure to direct the spray downward to avoid forcing water into cracks or seams, and use a lower-pressure setting on surfaces that could easily be damaged, such as painted siding or wood decks.
When the time comes to sell, the freshly cleaned exterior will be attractive to prospective buyers.
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