DECATUR, Ill. – To help homeowners learn how to lower their property tax bill, state Rep Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is hosting a free property tax seminar on Wednesday, Sep. 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Shilling Community Education Center at Richland Community College, located at 1 College Park in Decatur.
“Property taxes are a major expense for homeowners, so it’s important that families understand how they work and how to navigate the appeal process,” said Scherer. “My free seminar will give homeowners the information they need to appeal their property tax bill and possibly save money.”
Scherer’s property tax seminar will include a presentation from Macon County Supervisor of Assessments Joshua Tanner. Homeowners from Macon County can learn about the basics of property assessments, how to appeal the assessment, and what exemptions are available. Homeowners are encouraged to bring their assessment bills and any related documentation. Scherer recently supported Senate Bill 484, which contains a four-year property tax freeze on all units of government except the most financially distressed school districts. It also included the previous property tax cuts for every homeowner introduced in House Bill 156, expanding the standard exemption provided to every homeowner while providing additional relief to seniors, veterans and disabled homeowners.
“As I speak with area residents throughout my district, property tax relief is among the most frequently brought up issues,” said Scherer. “Families who are already struggling to make ends meet deserve relief from property taxes that continue to increase, even as home values decline.”