YORKVILLE – Kendall County residents may see their assessments go up, according to county assessment officials.
Andy Nicoletti, supervisor of assessments for Kendall County, said the average assessment increase for Kendall County as a whole was 5.3%, but it varied from township to township. He said those numbers are based on sales ratio studies data from 2016, 2017 and 2018.
"We're still seeing properties being sold for more than what they’re worth," Nicoletti said.
Nicoletti said the increase was 5.42% for Oswego Township, 5.56% for Bristol Township and 5.84% for Little Rock Township. He said the increase was 3.19% for Kendall Township and 5.61% for Lisbon, Na-Au-Say and Seward townships.
Nicoletti said if assessments increased more than tax rates, residents could see an increase on the property tax bills they receive from the county next spring.
Nicoletti said residents who feel like their property has been assessed in excess of the state-mandated one-third of the fair market value may appeal their assessments by first contacting their township assessor.
“Because you can have a discussion about how they increased or what data they used,” Nicoletti said.
Beyond that, Nicoletti said, property owners can put in a request for change for their assessment. He said those assessment error complaints must be made in writing to the Kendall County Board of Review within 30 days after the publication of assessments.
Nicoletti said assessments publication is Sept. 12 in the Record and Oswego Ledger. He said the deadline for submitting a request for change is Oct. 15 in order for it to be accepted by the county's board of review.
Nicoletti said someone who files with the board of review can request to have a hearing with the board or to have the board look at the information so that person doesn't have to appear for hearing.
Nicoletti said the board does not send out their final notices until they are done for all hearings for the entire county. He said the board starts in late November and notices generally go out at the beginning of the next year, but the board has to be done with those by March 15, 2020, according to state statute.
Nicoletti said he wants to remind residents that those appeals are not for their tax bills.
“When you are appealing, you are not appealing taxes – just the assessed value," Nicoletti said. "We don’t have control over what taxes do.”