Taxing Bodies, What are They?

Written By Jill Odzer,
Lake County Appeal, Commercial Analyst
 

Proceeds received from Illinois property tax bills are used to fund various taxing bodies.  Most of the time, property owners only look at the bottom line of what is owed.  However, if you look at the details of your property tax bill, you can see exactly where your property tax money goes.  For Lake County, the details can be found on the bottom half of the tax bill on the left side.  Across the state, Illinois has almost 7,000 different taxing bodies, more than any other state. 

I live in Deerfield, and below are the details of the taxing bodies on my most recent tax bill. 

 

Entities

Rate:

COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY #532

0.289671

COUNTY OF LAKE

0.598027

DEERFIELD PARK DIST

0.580483

DEERFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT #109

3.292237

DEERFIELD-BANNOCKBURN FIRE PROT

0.675905

FOREST PRESERVE

0.181818

HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT #113

2.391125

SOUTHLAKE MOSQUITO ABATEMENT

0.012405

TOWNSHIP OF WEST DEERFIELD

0.035138

VIL OF DEERFIELD – BONDS SER 2008-2015

0.209945

VIL OF DEERFIELD

0.636194

Total:

8.902948

 

The details include county, township and city/village taxing bodies.  Every Lake County property owner pays the same percent of assessed value to the College of Lake County, County of Lake and Forest Preserve (highlighted in green).   

 

Then, there is a Township fee (highlighted in yellow).  In Lake County, there are 18 different townships, and each has a different tax rate.  

 

The remaining lines are city/village items, including the village, a bond issue, schools, park district, fire protection and mosquito abatement.  Your bill may have fewer or more line items.  

 

Certainly, the tax rates are likely different for your area.  Don’t like the taxes?  As I have said in previous articles, get involved in local government!