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Assessments

The Mercer County Supervisor of Assessment Office
County Assessment Office is located on the west side of the first floor of The Mercer County Courthouse
100 SE 3rd Street
Aledo, IL  61231

Phone: 309-582-7814
(Opt. 7 on automated menu)
Fax: (309) 582-2541
Courthouse Hours: 8am-4pm
Assessment Office Hours: 8am-4pm (CLOSED 12pm-1pm)

The Supervisor of Assessments mission statement:
The Mercer County Supervisor of Assessments Office strives to administer an accurate, fair, uniform, and
timely assessment of all real property in Mercer County in accordance with and as mandated by the Illinois
Property Tax Code. The County Assessment Office is responsible for providing instructions to township
assessors that promote uniformity of assessments throughout the different districts. This office also
administers homestead exemptions, property transfers, parcel map maintenance and The CCAO
serves as the clerk for
the Board of Review and The Mercer County Farmland Committee Chairperson.

It is the function of the County Assessment Office to monitor and direct the countywide valuation of real
property for the purpose of real estate taxation. This mandated function includes but is not limited to:
  • Provide assistance and information to the individual township assessors.
  • Monitor all functions for compliance with state statutes and IL Department of Revenue procedures.
  • Apply exemptions and preferential assessments.
  • Analyze sales data and conduct sales ratio studies.
  • Apply equalization factors.
  • Provide proper taxpayer notification of assessments through mailed notices and publication.
  • Monitor and direct an unbiased appeal procedure to assure due process.
  • Prepare abstracts and reports for submission to the Illinois Department of Revenue
  • Timely certification of the completed assessment roll to the County Clerk in manner to facilitate timely tax calculation and billing as prescribed by statute.
  • Assist The Board of Review in defense of decisions when appealed to the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board
  • Maintain Parcel Identification Numbering system.
Maintain an accurate county cadastral map system, including line maps, and other property & owner information, to be used by the property tax function, other county offices, other governmental offices and the public, in conjunction with the county's GIS (Geographical Information System).  

Note: Data provided through The GIS department is for reference purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for a true title search, zoning verification, or survey. Mercer County assumes no responsibility, or claim, as to the accuracy of the data. Mercer County does not make any claims as to the fitness of use of this data for any particular purpose. Any maps provided to you from our GIS Department ARE NOT A LEGAL SURVEY.


The Mercer County Supervisor of Assessments Office
Symone M. Morford, CIAO
Phone: (309) 582-7814*
(*Option 7 on automated menu)
Fax: (309) 582-2541

GIS DEPARTMENT
Terra K. Finley, GIS Director/Deputy Clerk
Farm Sales, Parcel splits and combos, shapefiles
GIS Dept inquiries: direct phone line: 309-582-4818
Email: tfinley@mercercountyil.org

**NOTE - PARCEL SPLITS AND COMBINATIONS CANNOT BE COMPLETED UNTIL BOTH INSTALLMENTS OF THE TAX BILL ARE PAID**

ASSESSMENT DEPUTY CLERKS
Haley B. Anderson,
Real Estate Transfer Declarations and Sales
Phone: 309-582-7814 opt 7
Email: handerson@mercercountyil.org

Malorie K. Higgins, Homestead Exemptions/ Non-Homestead exemptions, Parcel Revision-Change of Address 
Phone: 309-582-7814 opt 7

Email: mhiggins@mercercountyil.org


           Mercer County GIS Department: GIS/tax map information IS NOW LIVE!!

           For more information, contact Terra Finley, GIS Director. 
           Phone: 309-582-4818 or 309-582-7814

  • Parcel Assessment records can be searched by clicking on this link:
    merceril.devnetwedge.com
  • Note: The current year / assessment level information may be obtained through this link above, remember to arrow down or up for the year you are searching.

    Note: Contact your Township Assessor for all assessment questions and parcel information inquiries. (contact list below)
    The Township Assessor is responsible for valuing real estate and assessing all property within their elected, appointed or contracted position of their township jurisdiction.
    Township Assessors do not calculate the tax rate.
    To determine your tax bill, the equalized assessed value of your property is multiplied by the tax rate for the tax code area in which your property lies. This arrives at the actual amount of tax dollars you owe.
    Note: Review the left-hand column on the tax bill. This column will show the tax calculation. Also, by reviewing this column, it will ensure you have received all of the exemptions to which you are entitled, such as the General Homestead Exemption, Disabled Persons, Senior Citizens, Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze, Homestead Improvement Exemption, Disabled Veterans and Returning Veterans.
    (to obtain/download a copy of the homestead exemption(s) application, scroll to exemptions listed below and click on the application/form in which you may want to apply for)
 
Township Assessor Assessor contact information
Eliza-Duncan-Perryton (Multi) Tiff Newswander (309) 337-4297
Preemption Laurie Epperly (309) 754-9181
Richland Grove Laurie Epperly (309) 476-8611
New Boston-Millersburg (Multi) Darla Dixon (309) 737-1222
Mercer Tiff Newswander (309) 582-8291
Greene David Johnson (309) 596-2530
Rivoli Laurie Epperly (309) 737-9791
Keithsburg-Abington-Ohio Grove (Multi) Mary McClellan (309)-582-4584
Suez-North Henderson (Multi) Michelle Adams (309) 464-0069
  • Notice of the Annual Meeting of The Mercer County Supervisor of Assessments will be held on Tuesday February 27,2024 at 10:00 A.M. in the Supervisor of Assessment Office.
    The CCAO Office is located at The Mercer County Courthouse, First Floor, 100 SE 3rd Street, Aledo Il. This annual supervisor of assessment meeting is an assembly for all Mercer County Assessing Officials and their deputies. This assembly is open to the public. 35 ILCS 200/9-15     
  • Notice to Taxpayer
    YR 2023 Publication List of assessment changes (click on highlighted area below) for "Notice to Taxpayer":
  • Publication date (The Times Record): OCTOBER 18, 2023    APPEAL DEADLINE NOVEMBER 20, 2023
  •  Disclaimer: On the original preamble that was published on 10/18/2023 an error was found stating 
    "Assessments have decreased by the percentage listed in this publication for each individual township." This is incorrect. Assessments have increased by the percentage 1.0128. Due to this error, we have extended the appeal deadline 2 weeks. The appeal deadline is now December 4,2023.                                                                                                                      
  • Notice to Taxpayer for Assessments in 2023                                          
  • Farmland notice 2023
  • CHANGE OF ADDRESS
  • NO CHANGE OF ADDRESS SHALL BE IMPLEMENTED UNLESS THE PERSON REQUESTING THE CHANGE IS THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY, A TRUSTEE OR A PERSON HOLDING THE POWER OF ATTORNEY FROM THE OWNER /TRUSTEE OF THE PROPERTY.  The CHANGE OF ADDRESS FORM (click here) or this form may be found in the documents section. Mail the completed form to: The Mercer County Assessor, 100 SE 3RD Street, Aledo, IL  61231
  • The Mercer County Farmland Review Committee
  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION (click blue highlight area to view documents) FARMLAND ASSESSMENT REVIEW IN THE DOCUMENTS SECTION.  ALSO SEE CERTIFIED VALUES FOR 2017-2022.
  • ALL EXEMPTIONS (except OPEN SPACE June 30th) ARE DUE DECEMBER 31, 2024.  IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE WITH THESE, PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE.

General Homestead Exemption

This exemption reduces the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) by the amount of the exemption. For the current tax assessment year, the reduction is $6,000. (35 ILCS 200/15-175)
A property must be the principal residence of the owner. Exemptions may also be available for cooperatives and qualified life-care facilities. Contact the County Assessment Office for more information.

You must apply for the exemption with the County Assessment Office. You can get an application here (General Homestead Exemption Application) or you can call (309) 582-7814 and one will be mailed to you.

LEASEHOLD GENERAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FORM

35ILCS 200/15-175

Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption

This exemption reduces the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) by the amount of the exemption. For the current tax assessment year, the reduction is $5,000.
A property must be the principal residence of the owner, and the owner must be 65 or older by December 31 of the tax assessment year. Exemptions may also be available for cooperatives and qualified life-care facilities. Contact the County Assessment Office for more information.

You must apply for the exemption with the County Assessment Office. You can get an application here (SENIOR CITIZEN HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FORM) or you can call (309) 582-7814 and one will be mailed to you. Starting in 2014, after the initial application is approved, this exemption will automatically renew. You will be mailed a Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption application each subsequent year in the event you may qualify for this exemption.

35ILCS 200/15-170

Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption

ptax 340 This exemption effectively freezes your assessment at a base year causing your net assessment not to increase. This does not freeze your taxes, only your assessment.
A property must be the principal residence of the owner for the beginning of two consecutive years, and the owner must be 65 or older by December 31 of the tax assessment year and meet certain household income requirements. The maximum household income for this exemption is $65,000.

  PTAX 340 (click on highlighted area to obtain application)  You may apply and obtain an application for the Senior citizens assessment freeze homestead exemption at the County Assessment Office. For more information, call (309) 582-7814.
Note:  After the initial application is approved, you will be mailed a renewal form each subsequent year.

35ILCS 200/15-172

2024 PTAX-340

Persons with Disabilities Homestead Exemption

This exemption reduces the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) by the amount of the exemption. For the current tax year, the reduction is $2,000. Note: Once the Ptax 343 is filed and approved, Ptax 343 R Annual Verification of Eligibility for the Homestead Exemption for Persons with Disabilities needs filed annually.

To be eligible for the exemption, the taxpayer must be "unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or medical impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months." A person becoming disabled during the assessment year is eligible in that same year.

Evidence that a taxpayer meets this condition includes:
  • A class 2 (or 2A) Illinois Persons with Disabilities Exemption Identification Card from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office. (Illinois Disabled Person Identification Card Application)
  • Proof of Social Security Administration disability benefits.
  • Proof of Veterans Administration disability benefits.
  • Proof of Railroad or Civil Service disability benefits.
  • An examination by a physician (must meet the same standards as used by the Social Security Administration). (PHYSICIANS STATEMENT FORM)
  • An eligible taxpayer must occupy the property as their primary residence as of January 1 of the assessment year, must be liable for paying the real estate taxes and must be an owner of record or have a legal or equitable interest in the property as evidenced by a written instrument

A taxpayer may not claim the exemption if they claim the Disabled Veterans Homestead Exemption (35ILCS 200/15-169).

You must apply for the exemption with the County Assessment Office. You can get an application here (PTAX 343 - PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FORM) or you can call (309) 582-7814 and one will be mailed to you.

After the initial application is approved, you will be mailed a renewal form (PTAX 343 R) each subsequent year.
PTAX 343 R (Annual Verification of Eligibility for the Homestead Exemption for Persons with Disabilities, renewal form needs filed every year after the first year approved for this exemption) For more information, contact the Asessment office.

(PHYSICIAN’S STATEMENT FORM)
(ILLINOIS DISABLED PERSON IDENTIFICATION CARD APPLICATION)

35ILCS 200/15-168

Disabled Veterans' Homestead Exemption

The Disabled Veterans' Standard Homestead Exemption provides a reduction in a property's EAV to a qualifying property owned by a veteran with a service-connected disability.

Beginning in tax year 2015, a $2,500 homestead exemption is available to a veteran with a service­-connected disability of at least 30% but less than 50%; a $5,000 homestead exemption is available to a veteran with a service-connected disability of at least 50% but less than 70%; veterans with a service-­connected disability of at least 70% are exempt from paying property taxes on their primary residence.

To qualify for the Disabled Veterans' Standard Homestead Exemption the veteran must meet the following requirements:
  • Be an Illinois resident who has served as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty or state active duty, Illinois National Guard, or U.S. Reserve Forces and not dishonorably discharged.
  • Have at least 30% service-connected disability certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs.
  • Must be the owner of record and occupy the house as of January 1 of the assessment year.
  • The property must have a total equalized assessed value of less than $250,000 for the primary residence.

This exemption is available to the unmarried surviving spouse of a service-connected veteran provided that the veteran was in receipt of the exemption prior to his/her death. Additionally, beginning in tax year 2015 and thereafter, the unmarried surviving spouse of a service member killed in the line of duty is exempt from paying property taxes on the primary residence. Once approved, qualifying veterans and surviving spouses must file an annual application by their counties' deadlines to continue to receive this exemption.

How do I apply for this exemption?
Disabled Veterans' Standard Homestead Exemption Forms, PTAX- 342 and PTAX- 342 R (renewal) are located in the documents section of this county website.


Returning Veterans' Homestead Exemption

This exemption provides a one-time reduction in the equalized assessed value (EAV) by the amount of the exemption. For the current tax assessment year the reduction is $5,000 off the equalized assessed value from the property for a qualifying returning veteran.
To qualify for the Returning Veterans'; Homestead Exemption the veteran must meet the following requirements:
  • Be an Illinois resident who has served as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Illinois National Guard, or U.S. Reserve Forces.
  • Returning from active duty in an armed conflict involving the armed forces of the United States during the assessment year.
  • A veteran who dies during his or her active duty service is eligible to receive this exemption.
  • Owned or had a legal or equitable interest in the property used as the principal place of residence on January 1 of the assessment year.
  • Must be liable for the payment of the property taxes.

This exemption may be claimed only in the year in which the eligible veteran taxpayer returns from active duty in an armed conflict. If a veteran taxpayer receives this exemption, then is again deployed on active duty in an armed conflict and returns again in a subsequent year, the veteran taxpayer is eligible for this exemption again if the other conditions are met.

You must apply for the exemption with the County Assessment Office. You can get an application here (PTAX-341 RETURNING VETERANS HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FORM) or you can call (309) 582-7814 and one will be mailed to you. After the initial application is approved, you will be mailed a renewal form each subsequent year.

35ILCS 200/15-167

Change of Address Form