Moraine Township

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2015 Property Tax General Assessment Year

For immediate release: July 27, 2015
Contact: Cynthia Plouché, Township Assessor, (847) 432-2100

2015 Property Tax General Assessment Year

Moraine Township property owners can expect to see the 2015 assessment notices in their mailboxes in August reflect values based on neighborhood sales data for the past three years. By law, every four years the Township Assessor must review and reassess all property in their jurisdiction to reflect the market activity in smaller specific areas and neighborhoods within the Township.

"Illinois State Statutes require the Assessor's office to review sales data for the past three years and adjust assessments as needed," notes Moraine Township Assessor Cynthia Plouché.

Assessment notices (also known as the "Blue Letter") should be mailed to property owners and published in the Highland Park News, around the second week of August. If property owners do not agree with the amount assessed for their property, they have only thirty days from the date of publication to file an appeal.

Moraine Township Assessor Cynthia Plouché encourages Township residents to visit her office at 777 Central Avenue, Highland Park with assessment questions (or call 847-432-2100). She and her staff are eager to help residents understand their assessment, answer questions on exemptions, and provide the resources residents need to evaluate their assessment and file an appeal.

Below is some information property owners may find helpful in understanding their assessment.

Assessment Notices Contain Important Information Like:

  • A summary of the current year's valuation changes
  • Property characteristics
  • Homestead exemptions that were received on the previous tax bill
  • Township Assessor contact information
  • Assessment publication newspaper and publication date
  • Assessment appeal filing deadline
  • Tax assessment help center dates
  • Key-code to access the Online Appeal Filing system

Evaluating Your 2015 Property Assessment Valuation

  • Review all of the information on the assessment notice.
  • Visit to review assessment information including property characteristics, comparable property information, and the e-filing process.
  • Discuss any questions on your assessment value or property information with your township assessor's office.
  • If an assessment appeal is in order, prepare evidence by using the Lake County Comparable Grid at, and other materials such as appraisals, or sales documents.
  • Complete an assessment appeal form (by paper, or electronically using the e-filing system) and submit with supporting evidence to the Board of Review by the prescribed deadline.
  • You can attend the hearing in person, by telephone, or submit case materials and ask the Board of Review to decide the case based on the evidence provided. Often, cases can be resolved without an in-person or telephone hearing, particularly cases based upon a recent purchase of a subject property, or those based upon an appraisal provided by an Illinois licensed provider.

Online Appeal Filing

Click to watch a video on Online Appeal Filing

Online Appeal Filing is a quick and convenient way for you to get your appeal information to the Board of Review Office. It eliminates the hassle of mailing paper copies or hand delivering them to the Assessor's Office in Waukegan. To access the system you must have the property key-code which can be found in the upper right hand corner of your assessment notice, or it can be obtained by calling or emailing the Chief County Assessment Office. Watch this video for step-by-step assistance for filing an online appeal.

Assessment Publications and Appeal Filing Deadlines

Resources for Individual Assistance

Tax Assessment Help Centers
Throughout the months of August and September, the Chief County Assessment Office will host a number of Tax Assessment Help Centers. The Help Centers provide one-on-one taxpayer assistance in evaluating property assessments. Help Centers on weekdays will typically be from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., and Saturday sessions will be from 9 a.m. -12 p.m.

Help Center Dates and Locations

Taxpayer Advocates
Taxpayer advocates will be available at the Chief County Assessment Office, 18 N. County Street, 7th Floor, Waukegan, from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m, Monday - Friday.

Need to Know for 2015
Don't forget to check out some of the most Frequently Asked Questions from the Lake County Board of Review.

For further information call Moraine Township 847-432-2100 or email

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