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
Spring begins a busy time for assessors. Townships are 36 square miles of land divided into individual parcels. It is the responsibility of the assessor to make sure that each one is assessed at one-third of its fair market value.
Assessors are required to be Certified Illinois Assessing Officers. To be certified, an assessor has to complete specific classes determined by the Illinois Department of Revenue. Also after receiving the certification an assessor must complete sixty hours of continuing education in a four-year cycle.
Each year in August taxpayers have an opportunity to ask for a review of the assessed value on property they own. The assessor does not create value. Value comes from transactions in the market place. The assessor studies those transactions to assure that each parcel is assessed in a fair and equitable manner. The value of property is the only issue we can address with you. Tax rates and specific tax dollar amounts have to be addressed at the taxing body level, for example, school boards, fire district boards or forest preserve boards. The taxing bodies for your particular parcel are listed on your real estate tax bill.If you have a question about your assessment we encourage you to contact us in early August or as soon as you receive your Notice of Revised Assessment. There are 24,000 parcels in Lockport Township. Between August 6, 2012 and September 10, 2012 the office staff which includes the Assessor, 3 Deputy Assessors and 4 additional staff members waited on 325 walk-ins, took 480 phone calls, and reviewed the assessed value on 250 individual parcels. Individual parcel reviews take 1-2 days each to complete. All of this takes place on a first come, first serve basis. If you wait too long you could miss your chance for a review or an appeal on your property.
In 2012 the Lockport Township Assessors Office staff helped over 700 senior citizens complete their applications for exemptions and the senior assessment freeze. The applications are filed between April 1st and July 1st. When you receive your senior citizen assessment freeze application from the Will County Supervisor of Assessments you may bring it to our office for assistance. Bring the application, your 2012 Federal 1040, and 2012 SSA-1099 with you. No appointment is necessary.The newsletter would not be complete if we failed to remember two staff members who passed away this past year. Yolanda Mitchell-Relyea served the township for 27 years. She had a vast amount of knowledge and expertise that will certainly be missed. Yolanda was a valued employee and a dear friend. We also lost Greg Malanca. Greg was our commercial field staff inspector. He worked for us since 2008. The township benefitted greatly from his years of experience. Both Yolanda and Greg will be deeply missed.
In closing, remember the Lockport Township Assessors Office maintains an open door policy. Feel free to call or stop in during regular business hours.
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Please send all requests to the Assessor's office 222 E. 9th Street (Room 305), Lockport, IL 60441
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