Lockport Township Assessor
The Lockport Township Assessor is an elected official charged with the responsibility of determining property value for tax purposes. It is important that property be assessed correctly so that each taxpayer pays only their fair share of the property tax burden. The assessor also handles taxpayer exemptions, for example, the General Homestead Exemptions are reviewed each year to make sure only qualified properties receive it.
Real Estate Tax Information
The current assessment year, 2011, is a quadrennial assessment year. This means, by law, every property must be re-evaluated. When this re-evaluation is complete the county Supervisor of Assessments mails a “Notice of Revised Assessment” to every property owner. The notice will include an explanation of your property assessment and information on how and when you can appeal. There are specific dates involved so it is important to read this notice carefully.
We also want to encourage you to please look over your property tax bill when you receive it from the County Treasurers’ office. In a column on the right hand side of the bill it will show the assessed value broken down by land and building and the total assessed value of your property. This column will also show any exemptions you receive and their dollar value. If you find an error regarding your exemptions please notify us promptly so we can make the necessary corrections.
Your tax bill will also list the taxing districts for your individual property.
These are the governmental taxing bodies receiving your tax dollars.
During the 2010 assessment year our office received numerous questions about how to lower property taxes. While the assessor is responsible for your assessed value, the taxing districts are responsible for the tax rate, which will determine if your taxes go up or down.
If you want to see your tax rate lowered, you must contact the taxing districts. When our office encourages a taxpayer to contact the taxing districts almost every person says the same thing “I’m only one person. They won’t listen to me”. The meetings and budget hearings of taxing districts are, by law, open to the public. If every person who thinks their one voice won’t be heard attended the budget hearings, imagine how many voices that would be.
To help keep your real estate taxes as low as possible ...
When you receive your annual real estate tax bill ...
Freedom of Information Act.
Please send all requests to the Assessor's office 222 E. 9th Street (Room 305), Lockport, IL 60441
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