Will County property owners get more time to pay taxes
By Rex Robinson | 5/22/2020, 3:57 p.m.
Property owners in Will County will be getting a reprieve on their tax bills as many struggle to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Will County Board on Thursday voted to provide relief to property taxpayers. Over the course of the last month, the board looked at ways to help ease the burden on residents who are suffering financial and medical hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. While options for providing property tax relief are limited by state law, the county is able to delay the due date for half of each payment by 60 days.
This essentially means that instead of two property tax installments, residents have the option to pay their property taxes in four installments.
“We examined our options for easing the financial burden on residents during the COVID-19 pandemic and this was a way for us to provide relief quickly,” said Speaker of the Board Denise Winfrey (D-Joliet).
The new schedule means that half of the first property tax bill is due on June 3, 2020 and the second half is due on August 2, 2020. Likewise, half of the second property tax bill is due on Sept. 3, 2020 and the second half is due on Nov. 2, 2020.
“My staff and I are working hard to implement the change in the payment schedule,” said Will County Treasurer Tim Brophy. “There are some challenges that we need to work through but I’m grateful for my talented and dedicated staff who are going over our systems make sure things go as smoothly as possible.”
Brophy added that many residents have already made their first payments and that the numbers appear to be on track with previous years.
“We are always looking at ways to lessen the burden on taxpayers,” said County Board Member and Minority Leader Mike Fricilone (R-New Lenox). “And we will continue to seek ways to help our taxpayers, especially in these uncertain times. It’s the responsible thing for us to do.”