If you’ve received your current property assessment notice, you should know two things that you can act upon to potentially lower your taxes:
1) You can easily appeal the valuation online HERE if you think it’s too high.
2) You can correct errors on the property description directly with your assessor.
Appealing and correcting errors can possibly lower your property taxes — especially if your valuation comes down — since your final tax bill is based on it. You can file an appeal onlineHERE. Online appeals take minutes, so file as soon as possible. They are free, although most taxpayers don’t file them.
Note: You only have about a month to file an appeal after receiving the assessment notice. If you miss the appeal window, you must wait another year to appeal. For a helpful video, go HERE.
Why should every property owner do this? Because the assessment process can be inaccurate and unfair. I appeal every year and have been working on tax fairness for more than a decade as co-founder of the non-partisan Citizens Action Project of Lake County. We’ve helped thousands save money on their sky-high property taxes.
Although we at CAP wrote and passed a law that mandated greater transparency on assessment and appeals, there’s more work that needs to be done at the County Board level to bring about a higher level of accountability. That’s why I’m running for Lake County Board and circulating my TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS. It calls for fairness in assessments, appeals and spending.
Electing board members who understand the right questions to ask will provide the vital oversight to make the tax system understandable and accountable.
Join hundreds of Lake County residents by signing and sharing the TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS with your Lake County family, friends and neighbors as we strive to hold the Lake County Board accountable and keep our taxes under control.
We’ll submit our petition to the County Board in November to show them that Lake County taxpayers are demanding fairness and accountability. Join us to make a difference!
Thanks to the Lake County Farm Bureau for interviewing me Tuesday. As your county board member, I would work steadfastly to preserve and protect family farms.
Family farms are not only an important part of Lake County’s past, but an essential part of its future. We need a sustained commitment at the county, state and national levels to strengthening and developing the next generation of family farmers. I look forward to advancing this conversation.
I’m delighted to have my candidacy for Lake County Board endorsed by the Sierra Club.
As your Lake County Board (District 6) representative, I will work towards a renewable energy, infrastructure and stewardship plan that will shift the county towards 100% clean power.
It not only makes ethical and ecological sense, it makes sound economic sense to conserve resources and lower operating costs. This plan will create good paying jobs and a healthier environment for our families.
Lake County is ideally positioned to take a leadership role in renewable energy, conservation, environmental education and job creation. We can not only drastically lower our carbon footprint, a Green Lake County can set an example for the rest of the country — and future generations.
Our quest to protect the health of our environment starts with the will of the people. With your support, we can “green” Lake County. Will you help us?
While students prepare to return to college this fall, one item they should consider is the November 6, election.
Regardless of where your college is located, you can vote in your local (home) election byregistering to vote — online registration HERE. Then print and mail your temporarily absent student enrollment form HERE. The future is yours, vote on it.
For more information, check out our Voter-FAQ page HERE, or check out Campus Vote SmartHERE.