As the Blackberry Township Assessor I am required by law to uniformly assess properties at a median level of 33 1/3% (one third) of market value.
Equitable assessments ensure a fair distribution of the property tax burden among all property owners. Local property taxes pay for such items as village and county services, schools, libraries, park districts, roads, fire and police protection.
The Assessor's Office maintains a file for every property located within the township. This file includes information about the lot, drawings and photos if the property is improved, and descriptions of the improvements. When buildings are constructed, the assessor's staff gathers information from blueprints and through field inspections of each property. Changes to properties are monitored through building permits, sales listing information, and neighborhood reviews.
The Assessor's property files are a valuable resource to appraisers, realtors and to homeowners who want to compare their properties to similar properties to verify assessment uniformity.
Assessments must be equalized to a median level of (33 1/3%) on an annual basis, and a General Reassessment is required every four years to maintain or increase assessment uniformity in each neighborhood. Assessments increase or decrease within a neighborhood based on the three prior years' sales. If necessary, assessment changes are made within a neighborhood based on style, location, or other criteria.
My staff and I will assist homeowners in applying for Exemptions for which they are eligible. We are committed to serving the people of Blackberry Township fairly and equitably and we are looking forward to helping you.
Blackberry Township Assessor
Certified Illinois Assessment Official