Whiteside County Treasurer-Collector
Darlene F Hook, County Treasurer
Karen McDearmon, Chief Deputy Treasurer
Penny VanKampen, Deputy Collector
200 East Knox Street
Morrison IL 61270
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Important Property Tax Dates in 2014
Participating Bank Collectors in Whiteside County
The following banks will accept payment of your Whiteside County real estate taxes May 12, 2014 thru September 8, 2014
(must have tax bill to pay at bank)
Forms available for download
Announcing.............New for 2013 payable 2014 real estate tax season
“Whiteside County is pleased to announce a new website for accessing online assessment and tax information,” commented Hook and Brands. “This will be a great tool for title searchers, tax preparers, and residents. Current year real estate taxes can be paid online through the Illinois Epay link on the wEdge page. The information is public knowledge and will be free and accessible 24/7.”
“If you have questions or problems when accessing the website,” they continued, “you may call Whiteside County offices of Treasurer Darlene Hook at 815-772-5196 or Whiteside County Assessor Robin Brands at 815-772-5195 during normal Courthouse hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays. The taxpayers of Whiteside County have been asking for online access for quite some time, and we are excited to be offering this new service to the public.”
The new website address is: http://whitesideil.devnetwedge.com/
General tax information
The County Treasurer shall receive and safely keep the revenues and other public monies of the county, and all money and funds authorized by law be paid to her, and disburse the same pursuant to law. The County Treasurer must keep a record of all such funds and report monthly to the County Board the balances of these funds. The County Collector prepares bills for the purpose of tax collection of real estate, drainage and mobile home taxes within Whiteside County. Upon receipt of tax monies the County Collector proceeds to disburse these funds to more than 130 taxing districts. The 2013 taxes payable in 2014 total to be collected are $69,636,668.04. Real Estate tax is $68,306,547.74, drainage tax is $343,854.96 and railroad tax is $986,265.34. The first installment of real estate tax is due June 19, 2014 with the second installment due date on September 4, 2014. The County Collector holds a tax sale at the end of every tax year to sell the tax on every parcel that remains unpaid.
For assessment, property description, multiplier, exemption and tax bill mailing address change, contact the Supervisor of Assessments Office at (1-815-772-5195). Your local Township Assessor can explain how your assessment was determined. A listing of Township Assessors can be found by clicking here. For tax rate and tax levy and redemption of sold taxes, contact the County Clerk at (1-815-772-5189). For tax billing and payment questions, contact the County Treasurer at (1-815-772-5196).
Tax Collection Information
Your total real estate tax bill is payable in two installments. You will only receive one bill. Partial payments will not be accepted. Failure to receive a tax bill or receiving one late, for any reason, will not relieve tax payer from paying taxes or late penalties.
Duplicate Bill Fee $3.00
Postmark showing the due date is acceptable to avoid late penalty. Make checks payable to Whiteside County Collector. Cancelled check will serve as receipt. Nonpayment of check by your bank voids receipt and tax payment. A $25.00 returned check fee will be assessed in addition to any applicable penalties. Personal checks will not be accepted 30 days prior to tax sale.
If a mortgage company is to pay your bill, it is your responsibility to call them and ask if they need you to send them a copy of your bill. Many mortgage companies pay electronically now and may not require a bill.
If you no longer own this property, forward to the new owner or return entire bill to Collector's office.
A penalty is effective after due dates pursuant to State Statues. Interest is added at a rate of 1.5 % per month until they are paid. Property owners who have delinquent taxes remaining after the second due date will be mailed a certified delinquent letter and a $10.00 fee will be added to the amount due. A delinquent tax list will be published after the second due date. Additional cost and interest will be added at tax sale.
If your mobile home is located in Whiteside County and taxed as mobile home and not real estate, you will receive a separate bill. Mobile home tax is based upon the year and square footage of the mobile home.
If you are in a drainage district for which Whiteside County is the Collector and there is an assessment due this year, the amount of that tax shall be included on your real estate tax bill.
Tax Payment Information
You may pay your real estate tax bill in person at the Collector's office, 2nd floor, Courthouse, 200 East Knox Street, Morrison IL 61270. Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., except on holidays.
You may pay your real estate tax bill at any bank in Whiteside County during the bank's normal business hours. The last day to pay at banks for this tax cycle will be September 8, 2014.
You may pay your real estate tax bill by mail. A postmark showing the due date is acceptable to avoid late penalty. Make checks payable to Whiteside County Collector. Send the appropriate tax stub with your payment. Mail to Whiteside County Collector, 200 East Knox Street, Morrison IL 61270.
You may pay your real estate tax with a credit card in the following ways. A convenience fee will be required.
Over the counter at Collectors office Internet site Illinois EPay Toll free (1-877-690-3729) Jurisdiction Code #7038
You may pay your real estate tax bill by automatic withdrawal of funds (ACH) from checking or savings. You will need to complete and sign an authorization form and attach a voided check. The form is available to be downloaded from the website or you may call (1-815-772-5196) to have one sent to you. Withdrawals will take place on the 1st and 2nd installment due dates. The forms must be received 10 business days before the installment due date. The automatic withdrawal will remain in effect until revoked in written notification from the taxpayer.
Tax Sale Information
Tax Sale will be October 30, 2014 and begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. The tax sale will be held in the Whiteside County Courthouse, first floor, Room 117, 200 East Knox Street, Morrison IL 61270.
The purpose of the Annual Tax Sale is to collect delinquent real estate taxes for the benefit of all taxing districts and to restore tax delinquent property to tax paying status. Please be aware that when you purchase at the tax sale, you are purchasing real estate taxes and not property. Purchasing taxes is a complex legal procedure and we highly recommend that you contact an attorney, and review the Illinois Compiled State Statues, Chapter 35.
You must register in writing 10 business days prior to the tax sale with the Whiteside County Collector's office. To print the registration form click here. There is a $500.00 deposit in United States funds due with your registration form and that money will be applied to your purchases at the sale. You or your registered representative must be physically present at the sale to bid. The sale is automated and facilitated by: RAMS Auctions, Joseph E Meyers & Associates Inc, 141 St Andrews Ave, Edwardsville IL 62025 (1-800-248-2850) or (1-618-656-5744).
A delinquent tax sale list will be available in the collector's office. There is a $100.00 non-refundable fee to purchase the list. Please note: the tax sale list is provided for the sole purpose of the delinquent property tax sale, use of this information for any other purpose is strictly prohibited. The County Collector reserves the right to deny sale of the list to anyone violating this rule. Delinquent tax sale listings are also published in part in local newspapers.
Senior Citizens Tax Deferral Program
The Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Act (320 ILCS 30/1 et seq.) allows qualified senior citizens to elect to defer all or part of the property taxes and special assessments on their principal residences. The principal residence is the homestead portion of the property and is the only portion of the property for which you can apply for deferral of taxes. The property taxes and special assessments do not become due until after the death of the property owner or when the real estate is sold or no longer qualifies. A lien is placed on the property and interest is assessed at six percent simple interest rate per year.
To qualify for the tax deferral you must
Be 65 years of age or older by June 1, 2014
Have a total household income of no more than $55,000
Have lived in the property or other qualifying property for at least the last three years
Own the property, or share joint ownership with your spouse, or you and your spouse be the sole beneficiaries of an Illinois land trust
Have adequate insurance against fire or casualty loss
Have no unpaid property taxes and special assessments on the property
Qualifying property is a homestead that
You, or you and your spouse, own in fee simple, or are purchasing in fee simple under a recorded instrument of sale, or are the sole beneficiaries of an Illinois land trust
Is not income-producing property, and
Is not subject to a lien for unpaid property taxes and special assessments
Forms will be available in January & February of the calendar year and must be received in the Treasurer's office by March 1st of each calendar year. Required paperwork will be:
Evidence of adequate insurance on the property