By DIANE POWERS

Carroll County Treasurer

•All tax information is now available on the county website: www.carroll-county.net. See "Property Tax Search" on right side of screen.

•2018 tax bills will be mailed the week of May 27.

•Due dates are July 3 for the first installment and Sept. 3 for the second installment.

•Total taxes extended—$31,117,280.

•Approximately 13,000 bills will be sent.

•Taxpayers should check their bills to make sure the appropriate exemptions have been applied.

Owner Occupied Exemption—This annual exemption is available for residential property that is occupied as the principal dwelling place of the owner as of Jan. 1 of the tax year. A reduction of up to $6,000 off the assessed value of the residence is given.

Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze—This exemption will "freeze" the assessed value of the residence at a certain value (the year prior to the first year applied for). There is an income limit of $65,000, you must be age 65 or older and application for this exemption must be filed by July 1st every year. Qualified individuals must complete and file Form PTAX-340 each year with the Supervisor of Assessments.

Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption—A reduction of $5,000 off the assessed value of the residence for homeowners age 65 or older. Qualified individuals must complete and file form PTAX-324 form with the Supervisor of Assessments.

Home Improvement Exemption—This exemption reduces the increase in assessed value attributed to new improvements for a four-year period. There is a maximum $25,000 assessed value exempted.

Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral—This act permits the deferral of real estate taxes on the residence. The deferred taxes then become a lien on the property by the St. of Illinois, to be paid when the property is eventually sold. Age requirement is 65 or over. Income limit is $55,000. Owner must apply by March 1 every year with the county treasurer.

Disabled Veterans Exemption—Contact Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supervisor of Assessments for details.

Circuit Breaker for Senior and Disabled—Administered by the State Department of Revenue. This program offers grants and/or reimbursements for property taxes and pharmaceutical purchases. It is based on income level and disability status. Must be filed annually.

Disabled Persons Exemption—A $2,000 homestead exemption created for disabled homeowners using the same eligibility criteria as is provided in the Circuit Breaker Act.

Returning Veterans Exemption—A $5,000 reduction in the EAV of veteran's principal residence for two consecutive assessment (tax) years, the tax year and the following year that the veteran returns from active duty in an armed conflict.

Payment can be made at any Bank in Carroll County and the Blackhawk Area Credit Union or the Carroll County Treasurer's Office in the courthouse. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (except holidays).

Credit card or debit card payment can be made over the Internet only at www.carroll-county.net (convenience fee applies).

For a complete tax season schedule and additional tax information, visit www.carroll-county.net. Go to county departments and select treasurer.

I would like to remind all property owners that it is their responsibility to notify either my office or the assessor's office of any change in mailing address of their tax bills.

Today, many people include their tax payments with their monthly mortgage payment; as a result, the mailing address of the tax bill is that of the mortgage company. Often property owners assume that when their mortgage is released, the mortgage company notifies us of the change In mailing address to that of the property owner. This usually does not occur. Again, it is the property owner's responsibility to notify us of any change in the mailing address of their tax bill.