Lockport Township Assessor
Lockport Township Government
1463 S. Farrell Rd
Lockport, IL 60441
9:00am - 4:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
9:00am - 12:00pm Wednesday
Phone: (815) 838-0780
Fax: (815) 838-5479
The Lockport Township Assessor is an elected official charged with the responsibility of determining property value for tax purposes. It is important that property be assessed correctly so that each taxpayer pays only their fair share of the property tax burden. The assessor also handles taxpayer exemptions, for example, the General Homestead Exemptions are reviewed each year to make sure only qualified properties receive it.
Real Estate Tax Information
2015 is a quadrennial year for property assessments. Based on state statute every parcel in the township must be reviewed for value and equity. Every parcel owner must be notified by mail when the final value has been determined. A Notice of Revised Assessment is mailed by Will County Supervisor of Assessments, Rhonda Novak, in August.
Please read the notice carefully. If you object to the value placed on the property you will have an opportunity to ask for a review or file a formal appeal with the Will County Board of Review. There are specific deadlines involved so pay close attention to the notice.
Assessed value is determined by analyzing sales data from the three years prior to the assessment year. In 2015 that means sales from 2012, 2013 and 2014. This is referred to as a sales ratio study. The Illinois Department of Revenue forwards Real Estate Transfer Declarations to Assessors for the purpose of analysis. At this time assessed values are not final. I can say, however, there does seem to be some recovery in the housing market. Sales for 2014 are showing a slight increase over previous years. This is very good news.
My office is responsible for maintaining property record cards for all parcels in Lockport Township. There are approximately 24,000 parcels. This record includes names and addresses of owners, sales history, and physical data, such as gross living area and year built. All of this information is part of the public record and available for inspection and copy. My office is also responsible for locating and assessing new structures. Local municipalities forward copies of building permits and certificates of occupancy to my office. These, along with field staff inspections, are how we locate new structures.
Another function of my office is to annually review exemptions. The general homestead exemption, $6000 in assessed value, is available for owner occupied property. Owners are allowed only one exemption and it should be on their principal residence. If we find an owner with exemptions on multiple properties, the additional exemptions are removed. Residents can also receive assistance filling out the forms for the other available exemptions. There are additional exemptions for senior citizens, veterans and people with disabilities.
My staff is qualified to answer questions about assessed value, exemptions and a number of other topics. Please feel free to call or stop by the office during regular business hours.
TO KEEP YOUR ASSESS VALUE AS LOW AS POSSIBLE,
the Lockport Township Assessor’s Office will assist with the following exemptions:
General Homestead Exemption
Home must be owner-occupied. This exemption reduces your assessed value by $6,000. No need to call us; we will process this exemption for you.
Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption
If you are 65 years or older, this exemption reduces your home’s assessed value by $5,000. To apply, bring in the deed to your home with proof of your age-driver’s license or birth certificate.
Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze
This freezes the assessed value of your residence. You must be 65 years of age or older with a total household income of $55,000 or less. Applications are available in our office.
Disabled Persons Exemption
This exemption reduces your assessed value by $2,000.
Disabled Veterans & Returning Veterans Exemptions
Please contact our office for more information.
Homestead Improvement Exemption
Four-year exemption on additions, etc. If and when you qualify, our office will send all necessary papers to the County.
Will County Forest Preserve 815-727-8700
Will County Building Comm. 815-727-8901
Lockport Township Town Funds 815-838-0380
Lockport Township Road Funds 815-726-6056
Lockport Township Fire District 815-838-3287
School District 88 Chaney 815-722-6673
School District 88 A Richland 815-744-6166
School District 89 Fairmont 815-726-6156
School District 90 Taft 815-838-0408
School District 91 Kelvin Grove 815-838-0737
School District 92 Reed Walsh 815-838-8031
High School District 205 815-588-8000
City of Lockport 815-838-0549
City of Romeoville 815-886-7200
City of Crest Hill 815-741-5102
Lockport Township Park District 815-838-1183
White Oak Library District 815-838-0755
Will County 815-722-5515
Joliet Comm. College Dist. 525 815-729-9020
School District 365 – U 815-886-2700
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Please send all requests to the Assessor's office 1463 S. Farrell Rd 2nd floor, Lockport, IL 60441