ASSESSOR Senior Info
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Anyone born in 1955 is eligible to apply for the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption. If the household income is $65,000 or less you may qualify for the Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze. Applications are being mailed out on May 29th. The Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption is 5,000 off of your assessed valuation. Anyone born prior to 1954 that has not already signed up for the senior exemption come to our office after the STAY AT HOME ORDER HAS BEEN LIFTED BY THE GOVERNOR.
PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE PRIOR TO COMING IN TO BE SURE WE ARE OPEN. The tax bills were mailed May 1, 2020. Mailing the payments are being suggested during this pandemic. The first installment is due June 3rd to avoid any penalties with no exceptions.
The requirements for the senior exemption.
· The property must be owner occupied
· The property must be your primary residence
· At least one owner will be 65 during the tax year
The 2020 Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze applications for the 2019 income year will be mailed out May 29, 2020. The household income limit is $65,000. Please fill out the highlighted portions of the form. THEY DO NOT NEED TO BE NOTARIZED. YOU DO NOT NEED TO PROVIDE ANY DOCUMENTATION WITH THE FORM YOU RECEIVE IN THE MAIL FOR RENEWAL. ONLY FIRST TIME APPLICANTS NEED TO SUPPLY PROOF OF INCOME. THE COUNTY WILL NOTIFY YOU BY MAIL IF THERE IS ANY FURTHER INFORMATION THEY NEED TO PROCESS YOUR APPLICATION. You can mail them to the county, the address on the back of the form. This is recommended as we do not have an opening date for our office to resume working. We need to get our office prepared for social distancing and safety measures in place before we can open our doors. These forms are due November 1, 2020.
Please read your tax bill to be sure that the exemptions are listed in the calculations. The tax bill is the only place where you actually see the exemptions being applied to your property. Please read them carefully, as we only have a limited time frame to make corrections for any missed exemptions. WHEN WE REOPEN THE OFFICE WITH ALL SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE THE HOURS WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL. PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE PRIOR TO COMING IN TO BE SURE WE ARE OPEN. Once we return to our new normal the office hours will be 8:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday. The telephone number is 815-485-9419.
Bonnie Luckhart Hernandez, C.I.A.O., New Lenox Township Assessor