Property tax bill likely includes increase

By Erica Quednau |

Published 05/02 2014 05:37PM

Updated 05/02 2014 06:08PM

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- If you live in Champaign County, your property tax bills were mailed out Friday. When you get it, you probably won't like what you see. In all but a few areas of the county, tax rates are up. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau explains.

"There's two reasons that your tax bill could go up. One is your assessed value could go up. The other is the taxing districts in your area are asking for more money."

That's the trend Champaign County Treasurer Dan Welch has seen for the last 40 years.

"We've gone from $31 million in collections to $303 million, so you can see the effect."

This year, his office is collecting 4.5% more in taxes than last.

"We're going to collect a little over $303 million in taxes. That's up about $13 million from last year."

One of the places getting hit the hardest is Urbana. People there will see about a 10% increase on their bills.

"For those folks in Urbana, they may see the 'Carle effect' of the properties that are now exempt."

"The reason we're seeing bigger increases in some areas for this tax bill is because, in some areas, the amount of taxable property declines. When the amount of taxable property declines, rates go up, so the districts get the same amount of revenue."

But, County Clerk Gordy Hulten says it's not fair to call it the "Carle Effect."

"It's not just Carle. There's been some publicity about this that calls it the 'Carle problem.' But, this isn't the Carle problem. It's a state law which applies to non-profit healthcare institutions of which we have at least two in Champaign County and we're seeing the effects of that this year."

A few isolated areas aren't seeing taxes go up. People in Harwood Township will actually see a decrease. Hulten says that's because there was new construction there, so everyone's share of the property tax pie got a little smaller.

A month from Friday, those first property tax payments are due. The second installment must be paid by September 2. If you don't receive your bill, call the Champaign County Treasurer's Office.

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