Property owners may appeal the assessed value of their property. An appeal is not a complaint about higher taxes. Rather, it is an attempt to prove that a property's estimated market value is unfair or inaccurate. Before appealing your assessment please contact the Assessor's Office for an assessment review.
Grounds for Appeal
An appeal can be made for the following reasons:
- Factual error (e.g. incorrect square footage)
- The assessment is greater than the properties recent sale (please have HUD-1 and PTAX-203)
- The assessment is greater than the properties current value (please have and appraisal or county sales grid)
- The assessment is higher than comparable properties (please have county uniformity grid)
- Matter of law
The first step in an appeal is usually an informal meeting, or possibly a phone conversation, with a staff member in the Assessor's Office.
Begin by gathering as much information as you can to prove why the property is not assessed properly. Our records are open to the public and may be reviewed for property comparisons.
At the meeting, a staff member will review your Property Record Card as well as comparable properties with you. This meeting may or may not result in a change in the assessed value of your property.
If the Informal Review does not result in a change, a property owner may seek a Formal Review by the Lake County Board of Review. Like the Informal Review, the appeal board will be interested only in the evidence you present concerning the fairness and accuracy of the value placed on your property, not on whether you believe the taxes are too high.
The forms and instructions are available at the Assessor's Office or from the Chief County Assessment Office by calling 847-377-2050.
Access the Online Appeal Form.