What it means to be an assessor
Assessors, like all other elected officials, have been elected to represent the interests of their constituency. Holding a public office means maintaining the public trust. When a township’s constituency elects an individual to be the assessor, they believe that person will establish a system of property valuation that will fairly, impartially, and equitably distribute the revenue requirements of local governments among the township residents.
Two Fundamental Duties of the Assessor
The township assessor is responsible for discovering, listing, and determining the fair cash value of most property within the assessment jurisdiction and assessing said property at the statutory percentage of value.
- Determining market value. All property is valued and assessed as of January 1 of the tax year.
- Assessing like property in a like manner – uniformity. Establishing equitable assessments among like properties is an extremely important aspect of the assessor’s duties because equitable assessments assure that all township residents are afforded their constitutional right to equal treatment and equal taxation under the law.
Purpose of the Assessment
The purpose of the assessed valuation is to apportion the tax burden, as created by the taxing bodies (schools, counties, municipalities, townships) over all real estate according to its fair cash value.
The essence of being a township assessor: enormous responsibilities, extraordinarily high expectations, exceptional performance, unparalleled integrity, unwavering trust.
Reference: Steven W. Stanger & Associates, Inc., Deerfield, Illinois. The Township Assessors’ Guide – published by the Illinois Assessors’ Association – A division of the Township Officials of Illinois.
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Dorr Township Assessor