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uhg

Waterloo, IL

#1 Aug 6, 2011
Has anyone got there property tax bill yet?
mike

East Saint Louis, IL

#2 Aug 6, 2011
uhg wrote:
Has anyone got there property tax bill yet?
We haven't got them yet but I am curious to see how much they dropped if any.
There is an article in the BND saying 15 St. Clair County likely to get lower multipliers.
Cahokia is in Centerville Township and there is a 12.5% reduction of the multiplier so hopefully that means a little lower tax bill
but with St. Clair County who knows.
Can anyone explain the multiplier to me and how that works?
Old Dupo

United States

#3 Aug 6, 2011
It's actually a rolling rate which uses the average sales price over the last three years to determine what a multiplier should be. That means this year AND NEXT YEAR should have reduced rates. It also explains why there was no drop when all of our homes dropped in value.
ell pocahantus

Waterloo, IL

#4 Aug 9, 2011
See, if a politician has anything to do with the multiplier, it won't help a homeowner.
Yuck

United States

#5 Aug 11, 2011
Tax bills are online now. Ouch!
Overtaxed and Underpaid

Baltimore, MD

#6 Aug 11, 2011
I just looked online. My taxes this year are $4200. Last year they were $3900. The year before that they were $3000. What is wrong with this picture???
wow

Waterloo, IL

#7 Aug 11, 2011
Everyones taxes increased while vaulues decreased WOW!
Really

Saint Louis, MO

#8 Aug 11, 2011
My taxes have gone from $3200 to $3800, and now $4000.
protest

Plano, TX

#9 Aug 11, 2011
now is the time to go up to the court house and protest. It's the only way you will be able to get your taxes lowered. You go there sign a piece of paper that you want to protest. In about six months you'll get a card in the mail of what date and time you need to show up with your proof of why they should lower your taxes. Either a recent appraisal of your home, other home values that sold around you that are less. They aren't going to just lower your taxes, you have to protest about every other year.
Concerned Taxpayer

United States

#10 Aug 11, 2011
I also just went on line and looked at my property tax bill for 2010 (payable in 2011) and my bill has gone up by $400 even though the multiplier went from 1.0151 to .9743 (a drop of about 4%). If you live in Dupo the total tax rate went from $8.5163 per $100 of assessed valuation to $9.424. If you live in East Carondelet the rate went from $8.7542 last year to $9.424 this year. We are all going to see a tremendous increase in our property taxes because our SCHOOL DISTRICT raised their tax rate from $4.5524 to $5.1847 or about +14%. The highest school tax rate we have ever had in the last 10 years has been $4.6676 in 2006. Enrollment has steadly declined for some time now so that can't be the problem. The problem is that our school board is incompentent and "rubber stamps" everything our "short-timer" superintendent asks for. You can protest your assessment all you want in Belleville, but your going to get the standard line of "it is not our fault because we lowered your assessment and we have nothing to do with the tax rate."
mike

East Saint Louis, IL

#11 Aug 11, 2011
Concerned Taxpayer wrote:
I also just went on line and looked at my property tax bill for 2010 (payable in 2011) and my bill has gone up by $400 even though the multiplier went from 1.0151 to .9743 (a drop of about 4%). If you live in Dupo the total tax rate went from $8.5163 per $100 of assessed valuation to $9.424. If you live in East Carondelet the rate went from $8.7542 last year to $9.424 this year. We are all going to see a tremendous increase in our property taxes because our SCHOOL DISTRICT raised their tax rate from $4.5524 to $5.1847 or about +14%. The highest school tax rate we have ever had in the last 10 years has been $4.6676 in 2006. Enrollment has steadly declined for some time now so that can't be the problem. The problem is that our school board is incompentent and "rubber stamps" everything our "short-timer" superintendent asks for. You can protest your assessment all you want in Belleville, but your going to get the standard line of "it is not our fault because we lowered your assessment and we have nothing to do with the tax rate."
You got me worried now. We still haven't got our tax bill in Cahokia yet but from what I've been reading on this forum that 4% reduction in the multiplier for Sugal Loaf township means nothing if they keep raising the value of your homes.
Cahokia supposed has a 12.5% reduction of the multiplier and ESL had a 19% reduction so someone is gonna pick up the tab for that or it's all smoke and mirrors while they gouge all of us.
How do you find than information on-line?
Concerned Taxpayer

United States

#12 Aug 11, 2011
Mike - go to the St. Clair County web page - at the top you will see A through Z - this is a "pull-down" menu - go to P and click on "Parcel Inquiry." You can find your tax bill on-line with either the parcel number or "Last Name" of anyone's property tax bill in St. Clair County (it will show the multiplier, tax rates, assessment, etc.). If you type in Smith, for instance, the site will list all "Smiths" along with their address and you can pick out which "Smith" you are looking for. The Cahokia multiplier for this year went down to .9013 from 1.0505 or 12.5% yet their total tax rate went up 9.2%.

Even though the Sugarloaf multiplier went down by 4% this year, resulting in everyone getting a lower assessment for tax purposes, the problem is that our school district raised ther taxing rate from $4.5524 to $5.1847 or about 14%. This "wiped out" the lower assessment and added about 8 to 10 percent to everybody's property taxes they paid last year. Unless, of course, you were one of the lucky ones who successfully protested their assessment.

There are 13 taxing units in Sugarloaf Township (1.e. village, township, fire departments, library, etc.). Two units atually lowered their rate "slightly," 10 raised their rate "slightly" and the school district "went through the roof." The increase in the property tax we are all going to pay this year is almost entirely due to the incomptence and greed of our school district.
not suprised

Columbia, IL

#13 Aug 11, 2011
Concerned Taxpayer wrote:
Mike - go to the St. Clair County web page - at the top you will see A through Z - this is a "pull-down" menu - go to P and click on "Parcel Inquiry." You can find your tax bill on-line with either the parcel number or "Last Name" of anyone's property tax bill in St. Clair County (it will show the multiplier, tax rates, assessment, etc.). If you type in Smith, for instance, the site will list all "Smiths" along with their address and you can pick out which "Smith" you are looking for. The Cahokia multiplier for this year went down to .9013 from 1.0505 or 12.5% yet their total tax rate went up 9.2%.
Even though the Sugarloaf multiplier went down by 4% this year, resulting in everyone getting a lower assessment for tax purposes, the problem is that our school district raised ther taxing rate from $4.5524 to $5.1847 or about 14%. This "wiped out" the lower assessment and added about 8 to 10 percent to everybody's property taxes they paid last year. Unless, of course, you were one of the lucky ones who successfully protested their assessment.
There are 13 taxing units in Sugarloaf Township (1.e. village, township, fire departments, library, etc.). Two units atually lowered their rate "slightly," 10 raised their rate "slightly" and the school district "went through the roof." The increase in the property tax we are all going to pay this year is almost entirely due to the incomptence and greed of our school district.
I was one of the lucky ones last year and won my protest. However, I am still in an outrage at the increase for the pathetic excuse of a school district that we have. I have 3 children that are 6, 8, and 15 NONE of them have ever went to Dupo schools nor will. We pay dearly for private school yet we are still subjected to these insane increases almost annually. How can they justify these increases EVERY YEAR?? At very least I feel it would only be right to have some form of credit given to us because we do not wish to expose our children to Dupo's sub-par level of education, but that's just another oppinion.
mike

Collinsville, IL

#14 Aug 11, 2011
Concerned Taxpayer wrote:
Mike - go to the St. Clair County web page - at the top you will see A through Z - this is a "pull-down" menu - go to P and click on "Parcel Inquiry." You can find your tax bill on-line with either the parcel number or "Last Name" of anyone's property tax bill in St. Clair County (it will show the multiplier, tax rates, assessment, etc.). If you type in Smith, for instance, the site will list all "Smiths" along with their address and you can pick out which "Smith" you are looking for. The Cahokia multiplier for this year went down to .9013 from 1.0505 or 12.5% yet their total tax rate went up 9.2%.
Even though the Sugarloaf multiplier went down by 4% this year, resulting in everyone getting a lower assessment for tax purposes, the problem is that our school district raised ther taxing rate from $4.5524 to $5.1847 or about 14%. This "wiped out" the lower assessment and added about 8 to 10 percent to everybody's property taxes they paid last year. Unless, of course, you were one of the lucky ones who successfully protested their assessment.
There are 13 taxing units in Sugarloaf Township (1.e. village, township, fire departments, library, etc.). Two units atually lowered their rate "slightly," 10 raised their rate "slightly" and the school district "went through the roof." The increase in the property tax we are all going to pay this year is almost entirely due to the incomptence and greed of our school district.
I really appreciate the information. I know this isn't going to go over too well with some people who have been stuck with large increases but my taxes actually went down over a hundred dollars.
I noticed they dropped the value of my house $3000.00 plus they didn't stick me with the TIF this year either.
I'm really sorry all of you arent getting any kind of break from these vultures.
yes

Valmeyer, IL

#15 Aug 12, 2011
mike wrote:
<quoted text>I really appreciate the information. I know this isn't going to go over too well with some people who have been stuck with large increases but my taxes actually went down over a hundred dollars.
I noticed they dropped the value of my house $3000.00 plus they didn't stick me with the TIF this year either.
I'm really sorry all of you arent getting any kind of break from these vultures.
I just checked mine and it looks like they went up about $100.
Class of 71

Waterloo, IL

#16 Aug 13, 2011
Got our tax bill and it went up a little over a $110, but it was ALL School District 196 increase!! All of the other line items went down. I really think the school district should be accountable for the increase, where is this money going and why is the curriculum so abysmal?!?!?? I don't want to pay more $$, but at least let me see where and how my $$ is working. I want accountability.
mike

United States

#17 Aug 13, 2011
I guess I got lucky if you call living in Cahokia lucky,
Every item on my bill was lower this year including the school tax.
Earlier this year when we elected a new and much better mayor the school board was pushing for a new high shool to the tune of 50 million dollars. Of course the tax payers shot that down.
What is amazing is Cahokia High is much newer than Dupo High but has not been taken care.
mine went up

Waterloo, IL

#18 Aug 13, 2011
My taxes went up $300 - something is BS somewhere
Fed-Up

United States

#19 Aug 13, 2011
Just got my tax bill and my taxes went up 342.51 even though my assessment went down. This was all due to the school taxes being increased. I looked on their web site and they list the following 6 administrative salaries (includes stipends, pension costs and health insurance) for the past school year:
superintendent 154,977
GS principal 105,724
HS principal 103,854
Asst. Principal 89,180
Asst. Principal 85,604
Sp Ed Tech 83,809
Total 623,148
You have to be kidding me! They have not put the new salaries for this year on the web site. Has anybody heard anything about the new union contract? According to the web site the current contract ended on 6-30-11. The board must have handed out a hell of a lot of raises or something to raise our taxes this much. Instead of protesting our assessment in Belleville we should all protest to the school board and get some answers which I intend to do.
Old Dupo

Belleville, IL

#20 Aug 13, 2011
Let us know how that turns out. My guess is you won't get any answers that will plesae you.

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