YORKVILLE – Be on the lookout for your property tax bills in the next several days, Kendall County residents.
Jill Ferko, Kendall County treasurer, said her office has been busy printing between 53,000 and 54,000 bills in the last few days and has been getting phone calls about when residents should expect to receive their bills. She said the hope is for the bills to be sent out sometime next week, if not the week after.
In the meantime, Ferko said it's hard to say whether residents should expect their bills to go up or down this year, with there being more than 100 tax rates in the county. She said it also depends on assessed values of properties.
“It just depends on where you’re at in county and what taxing districts you're in,” Ferko said.
Andy Nicoletti, supervisor of assessments for Kendall County, said there are 52,735 taxable parcels in the county currently. He said the equalized assessed value, or EAV, went up 5.97 percent this time around, which typically means the tax rate is going to come down.
“That doesn't necessarily mean that taxes are going to come down, but the rate is going to come down,” Nicoletti said.
Nicoletti said if the tax rate decreased by more than your assessment increased, you’re going to see slight decrease in your taxes. If assessment went up more than the amount the tax rate decreased, you’ll see increase in your property taxes, he said.
Nicoletti said he's not sure how much rates actually decreased and can only speak generally. He said he anticipates people seeing an increase in their bills in most cases, but he's not sure by what percentage.
Nicoletti reiterated that whether residents see an increase or decrease in their bills is going to depend on where they are living, along with property assessment values and rates.
“If you're in Oswego, it might be different than if you’re out in Newark or something,” Nicoletti said.
Ferko said she has not noticed any particular trends this time around or whether there were more tax increases than decreases or vice-versa. She said the tax bill is the same and payment options are still the same from her office's perspective.
“We have not made any changes as far as how we collect the payments,” Ferko said.
No matter what, Nicoletti said, residents should always make sure they read the bill once they get it.
“Make sure you’re receiving any and all exemptions that you may be entitled to,” Nicoletti said.