Dale Bolton
(217) 357-2615



Frequently Asked Questions
Office of the Supervisor of Assessments

Township Assessors
What are the duties of the township assessors?


Board of Review
What are the duties of the Board of Review?
Who is on the Board of Review?


Geographic Information System (GIS)
What is Geographic Information System (GIS)?


Flood Plain Administration
What is the Flood Plain Administration?


Illinois Department of Revenue Property Tax Division
What are the duties of the Illinois Department of Revenue Property Tax Division?
How can I contact the Illinois Department of Revenue Property Tax Division?


Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB)
What are the duties of the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB)?
How can I contact the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB)?


Illinois General Assembly
What is the Illinois General Assembly?
Where can I find out more information about the Illinois General Assembly?

Township Assessors

What are the duties of the township assessors?
The duties of the township assessor are to locate, list and assess all property in their township or multi-township jurisdiction, check occupancy of residences and assist taxpayers in the assessment of their property.

Board of Review

What are the duties of the Board of Review?

The duties of the Board of Review are to hear assessment complaints, grant senior freeze exemptions, review non-homestead exemption applications and ensure fair and accurate assessment of Hancock County property. The Board meets for 30 calendar days after the assessments have been published by the Supervisor of Assessments from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:30 Mon. thru Fri. except legal holidays.

Who is on the Board of Review?
Sharon Martin, chair
Judy Swanson, vice-chair
John Petersen, member

Geographic Information System (GIS)

What is Geographic Information System (GIS)?
Maps and Mapping

Hancock County is developing a GIS mapping system that contains aerial photography, parcel boundaries, soil maps, rural land uses, and street layers to name a few. It allows us to zoom into any area in the county and have information available with a click of the mouse. Our goal is to have that capability added to this web site in the future. B&W Aerial photography and parcel boundaries are available now on CD or by email. Contact the Supervisor of Assessments Office for costs and details.

Flood Plain Administration

What is the Flood Plain Administration?
After the Floods of 1993, Hancock County, in an effort to make low cost flood insurance available to property owners, passed an ordinance to prohibit the development of land below the 100 year flood plain. That ordinance was later amended in 2006? Any development of any property located in the flood zone must have a flood plain development permit. If the land is within an incorporated city or village (or their zoning boundary) the permit must be applied for in that city or village. All area’s in the unincorporated areas of the county must be applied for at the Supervisor of Assessments office.

Illinois Department of Revenue Property Tax Division

What are the duties of the Illinois Department of Revenue Property Tax Division?
The property tax division of the Department of Revenue duties include developing guidelines for local assessment officials, the calculation of sales ratio’s, county equalization factors, certification of farmland productivity index values, state assessed railroads, coal, mineral and pollution control facilities, non-homestead exemptions, assessor education and assisting taxpayers, legislators and local officials.

How can I contact the Illinois Department of Revenue Property Tax Division?
Illinois Dept. of Revenue
Property Tax Division
101 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62702
1 800-732-88661
217-782-3336

www.revenue.state.il.us/LocalGovernment/PropertyTax/
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB)

What are the duties of the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB)?
The Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) is a quasi-judicial body made up of five Members and a professional staff which serves the Board. The Board was created in 1967 to provide an unbiased forum for taxpayers and taxing bodies outside of Cook County that are dissatisfied with property assessments. The burden of proof before the Board is "equity and the weight of evidence" and not constructive fraud. The Board determines only the correct assessment of property. The amount of your tax bill or the tax rate used to compute it are determined by local county officials and may not be appealed to the Board. Likewise, the Board can not exempt your property from taxation.

The Board's five Members are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the State Senate. The Members serve six year terms, and no more than three may be from the same political party. The Governor designates a chairman.

Appeals are heard by a professional staff of hearing officers who are either qualified appraisers or attorneys. Hearings are set in the county seat of each county as required throughout the year and are open to the public. They are conducted according to rules established by the Board. The rules are less formal than those in a courtroom, and the Board is considered by many to be a "poor man's court" where a taxpayer can get a fair hearing without hiring an attorney or paying filing fees.(from the PTAB website)

How can I contact the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB)?
Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board
402 Stratton Office Bldg.
401 South Spring
Springfield, IL 62706
217-782-6076

www.state.il.us/agency/ptab

Illinois General Assembly

What is the Illinois General Assembly?
The Illinois General Assembly is comprised of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Their duties are to draft and vote on legislation as a representative of the constituents of their local jurisdiction.

Where can I find out more information about the Illinois General Assembly?
www.ilga.gov/