If you’re a property owner in Winnebago County, you already know how high our property taxes are.
Last year, as our assessed property values were lowered overall around 5 percent, the Winnebago County Board raised the taxing rate twice to make up their lost revenue.
This year, again, home owners have a small window of opportunity to protest our taxes to the county assessor’s office. The deadline for filing a tax protest is Sept. 10.
Tax protest forms and information can be obtained at the Winnebago County Assessor’s Office or online at bor.winncoil.us.
If you go online, you’ll find two categories to look at: “rules and procedures” and “complaint form and instructions.”
As with many government processes, filling out the form is not easy. You may need to enlist the help of a Realtor or some professional.
You can protest a number of issues, but you’ll need to do more than just say, “My taxes are just too high.”
Not much has been publicized about this current window of tax protest time, which is why I felt it important to send this letter to the editor of this newspaper. I am just helping to make people aware of their opportunity.
Last year, thousands protested their taxes, and I expect that this year will be no different.
During my campaign this spring for the position of Winnebago County Board chairman, I said I would do my best to help lower property taxes. Though I didn’t win the campaign, I still want to try to fulfill my promises.
Mike “C” Castronovo
From the Aug. 22-28, 2012, issue