A Kane County Auditor’s Office report released Wednesday (Oct. 14, 2020) shows the county is performing its tax-collection function efficiently despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kane County Auditor Terry Hunt published the results of the efficiency review of the Kane County Treasurer’s Office, which focused on the property-tax collection function.
According to an Auditor’s Office news release, the COVID-19 pandemic has created many unanticipated challenges for families, businesses and governmental operations.
For Kane County’s FY 2020 General Fund Budget, property taxes are the single biggest source of revenue for the county.
“The collection of those revenues are critical, not only to Kane County itself but also to over 700 other taxing districts in Kane County — including municipalities, school districts (and) library districts,” the news release said.
The summary concludes that the Kane County treasurer has continued to operate the office effectively and efficiently.
The report says year-to-date property tax collections are actually slightly ahead of the previous year, both in terms of gross revenues and percentage of taxes collected.
“Treasurer Rickert has accomplished this with the smallest budget of the five collar counties — DuPage, Lake, Will, Kane and McHenry,” the news release said.
The Kane County Treasurer Office’s budget is also the smallest per capita among those counties, according to the report.
SOURCE: Kane County Auditor’s Office news release