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Weekly, monthly payments now allowed for Lee County property taxes

29,000 real estate bills to return about $57 million

DIXON – The 29,000 real estate tax bills recently mailed to Lee County property owners should return about $57 million, the county treasurer said.

Once collected, the money will be distributed to Lee County governmental agencies, like cities and school districts, county Treasurer John Fritts said.

The taxes are payable in two installments – due July 11 and Sept. 5 – but for the first time, Lee County residents will be able to make weekly or monthly payments, Fritts said.

The new payment options address a need, he said, as some Illinois counties consider moving from two installments to four.

Allowing for payments on a weekly or monthly basis could be a middle ground to increasing the installments, Fritts said, something he doesn’t support. He fears that increased installments would drag out the collection to a year-round process.

The tax bills were mailed May 29, Fritts said, and if residents haven’t received them by now, they should call the county treasurer’s office. Failure to receive a bill doesn’t exempt property owners from consequences of nonpayment.

Payments can be made at the Lee County teasurer’s office, 112 E Second St. in Dixon, or at any bank in Amboy, Ashton, Dixon, Franklin Grove, Paw Paw, Sublette or West Brooklyn.

If payment isn’t received by the end of September, a letter will be mailed to the homeowner by certified mail to warn that if payment isn’t received, the tax will be sold during an auction, likely held at the end of October.

Of the 29,000 property tax bills mailed, Fritts said he expects about 1,500 won’t be paid by the deadline.

As of Wednesday, the treasurer’s office had received 400 payments of either the full tax bill or first installment.

Contact treasurer's office

Property owners who haven't received a Lee County real estate tax bill should call the county treasurer's office at 815-288-4477.

The office, 112 E. Second St., is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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