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IL Dept of Revenue says: Tax Edgar Cemetery Farmland

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On October 23, 2012


Good news finally coming out of the Edgar County Assessor’s Office. They will follow the law (somewhat of a unique idea in Edgar County) and assess the farmland the Edgar Cemetery is leasing out. We’ve only been after them about this for a few months and it looks like it is going to happen.

Property tax issues, particularly those that should be paying but  aren’t – due to the township assessors either not knowing what they should do, or willfully ignoring the fact that some property in Edgar County has been illegally exempted from property taxes, have been one of our focuses for the past 6 or 8 months.

We first published an article on July 10, 2012 about the Edgar County Cemetery Association not properly filing the required annual Certificate of Tax Exempt Status, unlike the City of Paris filing false reports (Hell, let’s call it like it is: they LIED on the reports and swore under oath the reports were accurate), the Cemetery Association just didn’t file one. I think the PUBLIC has the right to expect our assessors to actually be able to see that farmland does not equal cemetery use.

I haven’t received the FOIA back from the Illinois Department of Revenue on this property, but it will definitely be interesting to see how the submitted paperwork will read. I am guessing it will contain the same deceptive moves the city tried, but I hope I am wrong and they were completely truthful with their paperwork.

Now taxed:


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1 Comment
  • Joe Public
    Posted at 01:51h, 24 October

    Great. Have you looked into WHY “Farm Homesteads” are
    taxed at a lower rate than other homes in the county/city.
    Doesn’t quite seem fair that a farmer can build a 200,000
    house but is taxed less than a city-dweller who builds
    the same 200,000 house.