Frequently Asked Questions - Lee County Assessment

FAQs - Lee County Assessment

A brief description of the available property tax exemptions in Illinois, including exemption applications can be found on the CCAO webpage.  You can also sign up at the CCAO office located at 112 E. Second Street, Dixon.  For more information contact us.

Contact your township assessor or the CCAO office for more information.

Depending upon the time of year, it is possible you will need to file an appeal to the Lee County Board of Review.  The Board of Review rules provide additional information on the types of evidence required to support your over-assessment argument, such as appeals based upon fair cash valuse, assessment equity, incorrect physical description of the property, and/or matters of law.  

Yes.  Property record information, including assessed values and property characteristics such as square footage, age, lot size, etc. are available on the Lee County website.  It is also available in the County Assessment office.

The Lee County Treasurer's office is responsible for updating address changes.  Complete the Change of Address form and return it to:

Lee County Treasurer
P.O. Box 328
Dixon, IL  61021 

The IL Property Tax Code requires assessment officials to mail assessment notices to taxpayers if their property has received an individual change in their assessment.  (It does not require a notice if the change was due to an equalization factor, sometimes known as a township multiplier.)  It is your responsibility to review the notice for assessment accuracy.  Residential, commercial and industrial properties should be assessed at 33 1/3% of fair cash value.  If you have any questions regarding the notice, contact your township assessor or the county assessment office.

Equalization is the application of a uniform percentage increase or decrease to assessed values of various areas or classes of property to bring assessments on average, to the statutory level of assessment of 33 1/3%.  Both local assessment officials and the IL-DOR are responsible for equalizing assessment levels. 

IL-DOR Publication 136 gives an detailed overview of the property assessment and equalization process. Contact your township assessor or the county assessment office at 815-288-4483 if you have any questions.