Sterling Township
© Sterling Township 2015
Hours: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Marcy Lawrence, Assessor

108 4th Avenue

Sterling IL 61081

815.625.7410

assessor@sterlingtownship.com

Assessor Office

Currently, we are taking appointments for assistance with the Senior Exemption and Senior Freeze forms. We are practicing Social Distancing and allowing a maximum of one person per station at a time and masks must be worn. Call 815.625.7410 for an appointment.
© Sterling Township 2015
Sterling Township

Marcy Lawrence, Assessor

815.625.7410

assessor@sterlingtownship.com

Assessor Office

The current Sterling Township Assessor, Marcy Lawrence, was elected to the position in 2017. The Township Assessor is the only elected government official who must pass approved courses of instruction before standing for election to the office. It is the job of assessor, as described by Illinois State Statues, to value all properties at Market Value or the Fair Cash Value. The Assessor establishes the value of all real property in the Township and DOES NOT levy taxes. This is done in a fair and equitable manner to ensure the tax burden is fairly distributed amongst property owners. Other government entities will levy their taxes against the values that have been estabslished by the assessor. It is the goal of this office to produce accurate and equitable assessments throughout Sterling Township. The Assessor is NOT responsible for your tax bill. The assessed value is used to determine each taxpayer's share of the tax burden created by the units of local government who are funded by the property tax. WHERE DO MY TAXES GO?
When reassessment notices are mailed in the fall we start getting calls from property owners whose first words are “My taxes are too high!” or “Why did you raise my taxes!” The Township Assessor DOES NOT RAISE YOUR TAXES. The job of the assessor is to come up with a fair market value of all the property in the township. From that fair market value, the assessment is computed as 33.33% of that value. All of the assessments are given to the Supervisor of Assessments in the county seat for equalization and then to the County Clerk. The County Clerk has been provided all the levies from the taxing bodies and the tax rate is determined by dividing the Total Levy by the Equalized Assessed Value. Finally the tax rate is applied to each individual assessment to come up with individual tax bills. If you look at this chart you will see who levies for tax monies and what percentage of your bill they receive.
Senior Exemption and Freeze are Due JULY 1, 2020, you may submit renewals in our office. Landlord Tenant Agreements are Due at the County JULY 1, 2020
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Currently, we are taking appointments for assistance with the Senior Exemption and Senior Freeze forms. We are practicing Social Distancing and allowing a maximum of one person per station at a time and masks must be worn. Call 815.625.7410 for an appointment.