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What the City is Doing to Manage Property Tax Levels

City’s Portion is about 10% of Your Tax Bill

The Kane County Treasurer’s Office is responsible for preparing property tax bills, mailing them out and then collecting the required taxes levied by the local taxing bodies within Kane County.

Anyone can view their property tax bill and the breakdown of how much goes to which taxing body. Visit www.kanecountytreasurer.org and click on “Print a Property Tax Bill.” There you can input your name and address, (or parcel number, if you know it) to access an itemized tax bill to review. Taxes related to the City are labeled “St. Charles City.”

The City is one of nine taxing bodies itemized on your bill. The City’s portion of your entire property tax bill is about 10 percent. On a $300,000 home, that means $854 pays for a full year of City services, including Police and Fire emergency services, street maintenance, 24-hr snowplowing, planning, engineering, economic development, and more.

What is the City doing to Manage Property Tax Levels?

The City uses multiple tactics to reduce its reliance on property taxes and keep its share of the property tax bill manageable.

  • Abate Taxes to Save Residents Millions: Historically, the City has abated tax levies related to the debt issued to pay for large capital projects. When bonds are issued to pay for projects, such as the new police station, the City does not collect property taxes to pay those back. Instead, the City utilizes sales, liquor, hotel/motel taxes, and other general revenues to pay the debt. In 2018, the City’s tax abatement efforts reduced the entire levy by 40% – or $8.3 million total in property tax savings!
  • Utilize Millions in Grants: The City always works to manage its resources as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. One way we do that is by taking advantage of grants that are available to us for certain projects. In 2018, the city was awarded $1.5 million in grants for 7th Avenue Creek flood mitigation, fire department radios and police safety equipment and programs.
  • Maintain a Balanced Tax Base: Careful planning for community and economic development means St. Charles enjoys a healthy mix of nearly 2000 retail, commercial and industrial businesses. This diversification provides economic stability and means businesses, visitors and area consumers share in the cost associated with keeping St. Charles running successfully.

More at www.stcharlesil.gov/departments/finance. You also can read about the City’s levy-setting process on our website.

updated Nov 21, 2019