Expect a higher property tax bill in your mailbox

Expect a higher property tax bill in your mailbox

First installment due June 2; second, Sept. 2

URBANA — Champaign County property tax bills will be mailed out today, and generally they bear bad news.

In all but a few isolated areas of the county, tax rates are up from last year, said County Clerk Gordy Hulten.

Generally, taxes are up 10.43 percent in Urbana and 3.84 percent in Champaign.

Overall, the more than 125 taxing districts in the county are asking for $303 million in property tax revenue, up from almost $290 million last year. The $13 million increase amounts to a 4.5 percent change, said County Treasurer Dan Welch.

Most of the larger taxing districts in the county are asking for more property tax revenue this year. The levy for the Urbana school district is 6.55 percent greater; the Champaign school district's is up 2.91 percent. The Urbana Park District levy is 6.46 percent greater; the Champaign Park District's is up 5.71 percent. Champaign County government's levy is 2.64 percent greater, Parkland College's is up just under 1 percent, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District levy is 3.67 percent greater and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is seeking 4 percent more.

However, the city of Urbana's levy dropped 9.33 percent and Champaign city government's is down 1.7 percent.

The first installment of property tax payments is due at the county treasurer's office on June 2. The second installment is due Sept. 2. Payments made after those dates will be assessed a 1.5 percent per month penalty.

Property tax payments can be made at participating banks in the county, in person at the Brookens Center in Urbana or by mail at P.O. Box 9, Urbana.

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Skepticity wrote on May 02, 2014 at 9:05 am

"Overall, the more than 125 taxing districts in the county are asking for $303 million in property tax revenue, up from almost $290 million last year. The $13 million increase amounts to a 4.5 percent change, said County Treasurer Dan Welch."

Unfortunately, government doesn't "ASK,"  it demands under threat of legal action, including confiscation of private property. 

"Asking" sounds so benign.