I have done my research and believe my assessment is inaccurate or unfair. What is my next step?

First, contact your local township assessor. He/She is most familiar with your property and the person directly responsible for the assessment of your property. Perhaps you can provide additional information regarding your property that would affect the assessment.

If no adjustment is made here, you will need to file an assessment appeal with the Board of Review. The Board of Review is a three-member panel appointed by the Rock Island County Board to review assessment appeals. The Board of Review examines evidence you have submitted and determines if an accurate and fair value has been placed on the property by the assessor or CCAO. Evidence can be a number of things: a recent appraisal, sales in your area, photographs of the physical conditions, (if your issue is market value) or a chart of comparable property assessments (if your issue is equity).

The next step in the appeal process is the State Property Tax Appeal Board. This is a five-member panel that reviews the local Board of Reviews assessments.

Note: You will not win an appeal because you think your taxes are too high. Assessment officials can only determine assessments, not taxes.

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1. How can the value of my property have increased when I haven't done anything to it for many years?
2. Why do similar houses in different neighborhoods have different assessments?
3. What is the square footage, year built, etc. of my home?
4. Can I examine the Township Assessor's records to be sure they have the correct information on my house?
5. Does the Assessor raise the assessment if I paint my house?
6. What do I do if I do not agree with the assessment?
7. Who is my township assessor and what does he/she do?
8. What are the grounds for an appeal?
9. How do I research my assessment to see if it is accurate and fair?
10. I have done my research and believe my assessment is inaccurate or unfair. What is my next step?
11. Will I be notified if my assessment changes?
12. When I get my tax bill, is it too late to appeal?
13. Are there any exemptions that provide property tax relief?
14. How is farmland assessed?
15. Why are my taxes are so high?
16. How can I freeze my taxes?
17. When can I protest my taxes?
18. When are the tax bills due?
19. Where can I get information on tax sales?