It is our mission to serve the property owners of Freeport Township by providing an open door policy should you have questions and concerns regarding your property assessment.
REQUIRED DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
To comply with the Illinois State Statutes regarding Assessment Policy and Procedures To Value all properties at Market Value using approved Mass Appraisal Methods Identify all parcels in Freeport Township Maintain Fair and Equitable Assessments Welcome all citizen inquiries professionally and courteously and assist property owners in understanding the Assessment Process
WHAT IS THE JOB OF THE TOWNSHIP ASSESSOR'S OFFICE?
It is the job of the Assessor, as described by the Illinois State Statutes, to value all properties at Market value or the Fair Cash Value. This is done in a fair and equitable manner to ensure the tax burden is fairly distributed among property owners. It is the goal of this office to produce accurate and equitable assessments throughout Freeport Township.
WHO IS THE ASSESSOR?
The Township Assessor is an elected official who is responsible for estimating the Market Value/Fair Cash Value of most properties within their township for use in the Illinois Property Tax System. The Assessor is the only Illinois elected official that has educational qualifications and certification requirements prior to filing to run for the office.
Prior to the year 2000 the boundaries of Freeport Township were coterminous with the City of Freeport . In 2000 Freeport Township separated and is no longer coterminous. This means that Freeport Township boundaries were set and will no longer expand as the City’s boundaries change.
IN 2016 FREEPORT TOWNSHIP HAD 10,457 PARCELS
Residential- 9,439 (53%) (of Stephenson County)
Commercial- 890 (55%)
Industrial- 89 (54%)
The 2016 Equalized Assessed Value by the Assessor’s Office prior to any Multipliers or Board of Review Action was: $252,022,836
The 2016 Equalized Assessed Value after Board of Review Action was: $251,389,290
The Assessor is NOT responsible for your tax bill. The assessed value is used to determine each taxpayer’s share of the tax burden created by the units of local government who are funded by the property tax.