The phones at the DuPage County Treasurer’s office haven’t stopped ringing since county residents started receiving their property tax bills. The office receives more than 900 calls a day from residents who have questions about their bills.
“The biggest concern is how come the value is down but the taxes are up,” said Gwen Henry, DuPage County Treasurer.
Property values in DuPage County dropped six percent since last year, but tax bills have gone up more than four percent. The DuPage Treasurer’s office just sends the bills, while the County Clerk’s office determines the numbers, based on requests from the different organizations the property tax supports, like the school districts. Since they asked for more money this year, property tax bills went up around the county.
“If the taxing districts ask for less money than they did the year before, your taxes would go down,” said Paul Hinds, Chief Deputy County Clerk.
Naperville city council members did ask for less money this year after a recommendation from city staff.
“The city portion of the tax levy was reduced by the staff recommendation by about two and a half percent,” said Doug Krieger, City Manager. “Unfortunately, the city component of the property tax bill only makes up about 12% of the bill.”
So where does the rest of the money go? About 80% of Naperville real estate taxes go to support the local school districts. Then 12% goes to the city, and the final eight goes to the Naperville Park District, DuPage Forest Preserve, and others.
So while the Naperville city bill went down, most homeowners will see an increase in their total property tax bill because the school district requests-and the money they’re receiving-went up.
“You need good education and I’m all for raising the taxes for that as long as they’re responsible for how they spend it,” said Julie Mladik, a Naperville Resident.
“I understand that we need to pay for the schools and stuff, but it’s frustrating,” said Mary Vanco, a Naperville resident.
It’s too late for local taxed bodies to reduce their asking amounts, but there is a way for DuPage residents to save some money on their bills. There’s a list of exemptions residents may be eligible for, and was sent out in a brochure of information along with the property tax bills.
If you have any questions about your property tax bill, or want to know more about exemptions, you can call the DuPage Treasurer’s office at 630-407-5900.
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