Tax FAQs 2017: Did My City/Village’s Tax Levy Go Up Or Down This Year?
- Editor’s Note: This article shares information from the Frequently Asked Questions about the 2016 (payable 2017) Kane County Property Tax Bills document published online through the coordinated efforts of Kane County Supervisor of Assessments Mark Armstrong, Kane County Clerk John A. Cunningham and Kane County Treasurer David Rickert.
With the second installment of your property tax bill due Friday (Sept. 1, 2017), now’s probably as good a time as any to see how your individual community did in terms of its property tax levy.
Now, when you look at these numbers, it’s always a good idea to remember the most of your property taxes go to public schools. Municipalities in Kane County average about 10.4 percent of the total tax levy, which was $54,350,978 in 2016 — the levy that’s payable this year.
The total Kane County levy went up less than 1 percent — about .85 percent, to be precise — according to information provided in the county’s annual Property Tax FAQ document.
As a possibly not-so-fun fact, this is the first increase in Kane County’s extended levy since 2010.
So, how did your individual city or village government do year over year? As you can see by the chart below, some went up quite a bit, some actually went down.
Leading in percentage increase this year is Sleepy Hollow, whose levy went up from $537,188 to $772,502. Obviously, that’s not a lot of dollars in comparison to big cities like Aurora, but the percentage increase of 43.99 percent is tops in Kane County this year.
Barrington Hills’ levy actually went down — from $6,197,303 to $5,32,440, a decrease of $14.12 percent. Others that were lower year-over-year include the villages of Algonquin and East Dundee. Four Kane County communities — Big Rock, Campton Hills, Kaneville and Lily Lake — don’t levy any taxes at all, so their percentage change gets the highly touted “not applicable” designation.
To make it easy on you, we’ll post the numbers as they appear in the FAQ guide, then post them in order of percentage change. As always, if you see any typos, please email email@example.com.
Percentage Change of Extended Levies in Alphabetical Order
Rankings By Percentage Increase
- Barrington Hills — (minus) 14.12 percent
- Algonquin — (minus) 2.28 percent
- East Dundee — (minus) .91 percent
- Big Rock — 0.00 levy
- Campton Hills — 0.00 levy
- Kaneville — 0.00 levy
- Lily Lake — 0.00 levy
- St. Charles — flat 0.00 percent
- Maple Park — .66 percent
- Montgomery — .76 percent
- Virgil — .83 percent
- Geneva — .98 percent
- Wayne — 1.13 percent
- Carpentersville — 1.26 percent
- South Elgin — 1.67 percent
- North Aurora — 1.70 percent
- Elgin — 1.71 percent
- Sugar Grove — 2.06 percent
- Gilberts — 2.35 percent
- Elburn — 2.51 percent
- Hoffman Estates — 2.56 percent
- Aurora — 3.10 percent
- Batavia — 4.66 percent
- Hampshire — 6.15 percent
- Pingree Grove — 10.72 percent
- Bartlett — 14.0 percent
- West Dundee — 14.53 percent
- Huntley — 16.44 percent
- Burlington — 28.06 percent
- Sleepy Hollow — 43.99 percent
For information about how these tax levies were determined, please contact the municipality that developed the levy ordinance. Phone numbers are listed below: