What is the difference between an assessment and taxes?
The assessment is the basis used by the County, municipalities, and school districts to levy taxes.
The millage rate of the taxing authority is multiplied by the assessment. The taxes are the actual dollar amount paid and is determined strictly based on the millage (tax rate) of the taxing authority.
The assessment office has nothing to do with the total amount of taxes collected. The department’s primary responsibility is to determine the fair market value of your property, so that you may pay only your fair share of the taxes. The amount of tax you pay is determined by a TAX RATE applied to your property’s ASSESSED VALUE. The tax rate is determined by all the taxing districts and depends on what is needed to provide all the services you enjoy.

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1. Where can I lookup information on my property and surrounding properties?
2. What is a property assessment?
3. Who actually sets my assessment?
4. What is the County Board of Assessment Appeals?
5. What is meant by "uniform" assessment rate?
6. What is "Market Value"?
7. If I recently bought my property, is this purchase price considered?
8. What is the difference between an assessment and taxes?
9. How do I appeal my assessment?
10. What happens after I file an assessment appeal?
11. What happens at the assessment appeal hearing?
12. What is good evidence to convince the Board to reconsider a new value of my home?
13. Who may represent a property owner?
14. Are there special rules for corporations or an LLC etc.?
15. What happens if I am unable to attend my scheduled hearing date?
16. What happens if I decide not to go through with the appeal?
17. What happens after the assessment appeal hearing?
18. What happens if I don't agree with the Board's decision?
19. Are there programs available for those who have hardship cases?
20. Whom do I contact if I need information regarding tax information, tax rates and tax dollars?