Determining the property tax levy is a multi-step process that incorporates several public meetings which allow for citizen input. That process kicked off at the Nov. 5, 2018 City Council Meeting with a presentation about a preliminary estimate of the 2018 property tax levy.
The levy is the total amount of property taxes the City collects to perform the services it provides to the citizens of St. Charles. The levy pays for 24/7 police, fire and public works services, infrastructure enhancements/maintenance, planning, engineering and much more.
Why is it the 2018 Levy and Not the 2019 Levy?
Illinois property taxes are paid one year in arrears. Any payments made in 2019 will actually be applied towards 2018 taxes. When property tax bills are sent in 2019 (usually due in June and September) they will reflect 2018 taxes.
Steps in the City's Levy Process
- Preliminary Estimate of Levy - Nov. 5, 2018
- Public Hearing - Dec. 3 at 6:45 p.m., prior to the City Council Meeting
- Consideration of Levy Ordinance - December
- Debt Abatements - January 2019
- Levy Finalized - March/April 2019
More information about the property tax levy estimate and levy-setting process is in this presentation made to the City Council.