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April 12, 2024

Coles County Board could learn a thing or two from Ford County

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On February 22, 2018

Coles Co. (ECWd) –

After running one article on Ford County and their Supervisor of Assessment failures, the Supervisor resigned and today we find that the Ford County Board of Review did just as we suggested, with one minor exception.

Our suggestion in this article:

“With these many failures of statutory obligations, we contend the County Board would best serve the taxpayers by recognizing this non-compliant publication as more than sufficient evidence to declare it void and simply implement the previous year assessments as if none were ever done this year.

According to the Pantagraph in this article, the Board of review did the following:

“….taxable values for the properties that were reassessed in 2017 in the communities of Cabery, Elliott, Kempton, Melvin, Piper City, Roberts, Sibley and Stelle will revert back to what they were in 2016.

The change will only apply to those properties that were “revalued using an improper assessment method,” board of review member Mike Griffin of Paxton said in reading the motion. “If an assessment was changed (in 2017) because of a building being demolished or added, those assessments shall stand as revalued.”

Although we disagree with not applying this to all properties, it is a step in the right direction and one Coles County could learn from.

Coles County has refused to address the improper assessment issues even after a Federal Lawsuit was filed.  Instead of addressing it they actually went ahead this year and did the same thing in Charleston Township that they are being sued for in Matton Township.

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