Property Tax FAQs
Below are many of the most frequently-asked questions about property taxes.
Why are my taxes so high?
Your taxes may be high (or higher than they were last year) for any or all of three general reasons.
- Increase in your tax rates due to lower assessments, or a referendum.
- Your assessment has increased from the prior year.
- You are not receiving exemptions your are entitled to.
What will happen if I don’t pay my property taxes?Your taxes will be sold at the annual tax sale. When your taxes are sold, you will retain the right to redeem your property for two to three years, depending on the type of property. To redeem the taxes, you will have to pay costs and interest in addition to any tax due. Contact the County Clerk’s office for an estimate of the costs.
I did not pay my taxes last year. Where can I find out how much I owe?Call the Perry County Clerk at (618) 357-5116 and ask for an estimate of redemption. Give them your parcel number.
What if I have other questions?
For other questions about:
- Property valuation, exemptions and Board of Review appeals - Call the Perry County Supervisor of Assessments Office at.(618) 357-2209
- Tax rates or tax redemption - Call the Perry County Clerk at (618) 357-5116
- Tax bills - Call the Perry County Treasurer's Office at (618) 357-5002
Where can I get information on tax sales?Contact the Treasurer's Office at (618) 357-5002.
When are taxes due?Contact the Treasurer’s Office at (618) 357-5002 with questions about the current tax collection cycle.
How do I know if my taxes have been sold?
Taxpayers receive a notice before the annual tax sale begins. The letter is sent by the Perry County Treasurer's Office to inform taxpayers that balances still due will be offered for sale. Once taxes are sold, a notice prepared by the tax buyer, called a "Take Notice," is mailed by the County Clerk's office. This notice is prepared by the delinquent tax purchaser and mailed within the first four and one-half months after the date of sale. The notice before the sale and the Take Notice are sent by certified mail to the last taxpayer of record.
Also, a notice on your current tax bill may provide an indication that your taxes have been sold, or that you have other taxes that are due and that may have been sold or may be available for sale at any time.
If you know or suspect that you have delinquent taxes or that your taxes have been sold, please call the County Clerk's office at (618) 357-5116 to verify the status.
What should I do if my taxes have been sold?If your taxes have been sold, you should immediately obtain an Estimate of Redemption. This is a calculation of the amount you need to pay to redeem the sale and remove the threat of loss of the property. Once you obtain the estimate, verify that it is for the correct property. You are advised to redeem the taxes immediately, as penalties and fees can increase and can multiply over time. These taxes and any fees and penalties must be paid in full; there are no payment plans applicable to redemption payments.
What should I do if I believe my taxes have been sold in error, or if I have paid my taxes and they have not been credited to my property?
You should immediately contact the Treasurer's Office with any documentation you have to support your claim. You should always keep a copy of the check or money order you used to pay your taxes, as well as any receipts received that will allow you to prove that you paid the full amount on time. This will help with any dispute you have over your property tax payments.
What is a Tax Levy?It is the annual amount of money a taxing body certifies to the County Clerk to be raised by property taxation.
How much can a Tax Levy increase annually?A taxing district cannot raise their tax levy more than 5% of the amount of money they receive in taxes from the previous year. If the district must raise their levy more than 5%, they are required to comply with the Truth-in-Taxation Law.
What is the Truth-in-Taxation Law?
Truth-in-Taxation requires a public hearing to discuss the tax levy if there is an increase of more than 5%. The public notice of the hearing must be published in the general section of a newspaper in the form of a 1/8th page ad with a heavy black border. The hearing is informational only; no vote or approval from the public is required. However, the taxing district must present its reasons for increasing the levy and allow the public an opportunity to be heard.
What is a TIF District and how does it affect me?
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts are economic tools used by municipalities to fund development projects.
The total from your tax bill is the same if you are in or out of a TIF district. If your property is in a TIF district, you will notice that the TIF tax amount will usually increase each year. This is because your property usually increases in assessment. The difference between your bill and a bill that is not in a TIF is that part of your taxes will be distributed to a TIF district instead of to the county, schools, libraries, etc.