After election with 345 municipal offices up for grabs, some Lake County officials are calling for consolidation

By STEVE SADIN LAKE COUNTY NEWS-SUN | APR 19, 2021 AT 12:20 PM   When Lake County voters cast ballots on April 6 to select people responsible for overseeing those charged with keeping their communities safe, educating their children, collecting their garbage, running their parks, and operating their libraries, only 14% of them cast ballots.   Five months earlier, Read More …

Commercial Property Owners May Be Able to Get Relief with a Property Assessment Appeal This Year.

Written by Jill Odzer, Lake County Appeal, Commercial Analyst 05/07/2021   Commercial property owners who have suffered due to the pandemic may be able to get relief with a property assessment appeal this year.  The assessors in Lake County understand how difficult the last year has been.  They also understand that losing businesses is not Read More …

No, The Assessor Did Not Increase Your Property’s Assessed Value To Collect More Taxes!!!

Written by Ron Kingsley, Lake County Appeal Owner and Tax Attorney   Literally, every day, at least one client calls me with the misconception that the assessor increased the client’s assessed value in order to collect more taxes.  No, no and no!!!  As Jill Odzer’s article aptly points out, the amount of taxes that the taxing bodies need to perform their functions determines the amount of Read More …

Should My Taxes Be Reduced Since Everything is Shut Down?

Written By Jill Odzer, Lake County Appeal Commercial Analyst   One common question I receive goes something like this, “Since everything is shut down, my taxes should be reduced, right?”  Although this may sound logical, it isn’t how property taxes work…Your property tax bill stems from two separate components:  The first component is the assessed value, which is supposed to be one-third of the fair market value of your property on January 1 Read More …