URBANA -- County board members Tuesday night unanimously approved a plan to divide the county into four assessment districts, a move that is supposed to equalize the work and the cost of doing annual property assessments.
As proposed, District 1 (approximately 14,100 parcels), including Cunningham, Urbana and Somer townships, would be assessed this year. District 2 (approximately 13,400 parcels), including most of the northern part of the county, would be assessed in 2013. District 3 (approximately 14,000 parcels), including most of the southern part of the county, would be assessed in 2014. The approximately 23,700 properties in the city of Champaign would be assessed in 2015.
"The first outcome and benefit of this change is that the work of conducting the general assessment will be spread over four years, rather than having it occur in one out of every four years, which will have an equalizing impact on the management and operations for the supervisor of assessments," said County Administrator Deb Busey in a memo to the board. "The second benefit of this change is the impact on the supervisor of assessment's annual budget."
The board also approved resolutions honoring former Republican board members Brad Jones and Alan Nudo, both of whom resigned from their seats earlier this year.
Two of 27 board members, Democratic Chair C. Pius Weibel and Republican Jon Schroeder, were absent from Tuesday's meeting.