Manhattan Township Assessor's Office

Assessor
Joseph (Joe) R. Oldani
230 Wabash Street
Manhattan IL 60442
(815) 478-5154 Telephone  Fax (815) 680-5595

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Manhattan Residents:                                                                               7-26-2017

            2017 assessments must increase this year according to the results of the Illinois Department of Revenue (I.D.O.R.) Real Estate Sale Ratio Study.  This study projects an annual equalization factor that forces assessments to increase or decrease.  Example 2007 assessments through 2010 many assessments were lowered due to the down turn in housing market.  Since 2011 to present the sales of existing homes have been increasing where the median assessment level is now below .3333 percent of market value, the State of Illinois's mandated assessment level.  Manhattan Township is not unique many other townships in Illinois will also have to increase assessments in 2017.  Rising assessments is the only realistic way to bring our high tax rates down.  They will not drop dramatically in a single year.  Example the last two years the Manhattan Township Tax Rates have been lower due to raising assessments.  The 2016 tax rates that were used to calculate the tax bills paid this year were approximately 1% lower than the year before.  I realize it was not enough to lower most property tax bills from the year before but the lower tax rate did impact the tax bills because without a drop in the tax rate the tax bills would even be higher.

            July 28, 2017 the assessment change notices will be sent by Will County.  This starts a thirty-day period to file an assessment appeal.  The appeal deadline for the 2017 assessments is September 5, 2017.  If you believe your property is over assessed I encourage you to speak to me about it.  If we cannot agree the appeal process is available to you.  The appeal forms are available on the Will County Web type www.willcounty.soa click on Will County Board of Review scroll down to the appropriate form example Residential Appeal Form and Residential Appeal Form Instructions.

           The Will County Board of Review may lower an assessment if the evidence presented is more persuasive than the evidence submitted by the assessor because at this point in the tax cycle the limitation of the equalization factor discussed above does not apply.  At this time the assessor and the Will County Board of Review are only dealing with an individual property rather than doing mass appraisal. 

           I can only provide assessment relief when the facts according to real estate assessment practices indicate an additional adjustment is needed.  The Manhattan Township Assessorís Web Site is available so all can have an anonymous transparent view of all assessments.  Even if a person does not understand every detail of the assessment process they can review the results and call me when they have questions.   Anyone can appeal the assessment on their property before the Will County Board of Review.  It is just part of the assessment process that gives everyone the right to seek another opinion based on a set of facts they present.     

                                                            Sincerely
                                                                        Joseph R. Oldani