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Deadlines near for assessment complaints

Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 10:17 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 7:59 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Time is running out for property owners to file assessment complaints.

Deadlines for some communities, including Sugar Grove and Blackberry townships, have already passed while deadlines for others, such as St. Charles, Campton and Geneva townships, are days away.

Kaneville Township residents have the latest filing deadline, Sept. 22.

The assessments will affect taxes to be paid in 2015.

Supervisor of Assessments Mark Armstrong told a Kane County Board committee on Thursday this year’s final filing deadline is 140 days earlier than when he took office eight years ago. At that time, he said, the 2006 filing date extended to Feb. 9, 2007.

The timing of the deadlines is important because it can affect other components of the tax-year cycle, including when the tax bills are issued, Armstrong said.

“We don’t ever want to be late,” he said, citing the financial impact late tax bills have on the taxing bodies that rely on timely payments.

Additionally, he said, earlier deadlines for assessment complaints prevent Board of Review hearings from being scheduled around such holidays as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Board of Review hearings are held in Building C on the Kane County Government Center campus, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva. They cannot be rescheduled, Armstrong said.

Complaint forms and instructions are available at the assessor’s website, www.kanecountyassessments.org.

Armstrong said taxpayers are encouraged to discuss their assessments with the township assessor before filing a complaint.

These discussions often can resolve the issue and eliminate the need for a complaint, he said.

Those wanting to learn more about property taxes are welcome to attend Armstrong’s next workshop on the topic.

It is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 2 in the auditorium of Building A of the government center. The presentation typically lasts about an hour and 15 minutes, but Armstrong said he stays until all questions are answered.

Know more

Property owners wishing to file an assessment complaint must do so before the deadline is set for their township.

Deadlines for some townships, including Sugar Grove and Blackberry, already have passed. Here are some upcoming deadlines:

• Aug. 25 – St. Charles• Aug. 28 – Campton and Geneva• Sept. 18 – Batavia and Burlington• Sept. 22 – Kaneville

Visit www.kanecountyassessments.org for information.

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