How are taxes computed?
The total tax levy to be collected is the sum of the local budget and the budgets of the school board, county, fire districts, and Open Space programs. This figure is divided by the total assessments in the township to produce the tax rate. That tax rate is then applied to individual assessments.

The 1st half of your tax bill is estimated, and equal to 1/2 of the total prior year taxes. It is estimated because the rate cannot be computed until all budgets have been approved; budget approval occurs in June. The 2nd half tax bill is computed by applying the new tax rate to the current year assessment, then deducting the amount billed in the 1st half.

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1. When will I receive a new tax bill?
2. How are taxes computed?
3. I need to change my address, or mortgage information. What should I do?
4. I don’t have a tax bill. Why am I charged interest?
5. What is a tax sale? Can I buy property at the tax sale?
6. How do I pay off a lien?
7. What programs are available to reduce taxes?
8. How should I make out my check?
9. How should I pay my tax / utility bill?
10. What happens if I do not pay the utility bill?
11. What is the tax bill interest rate?
12. My mortgage company pays my taxes, what are my responsibilities?
13. What do I need to do if I refinance or sell my home?
14. I receive a senior citizen deduction on my property, is there anything I need to do to maintain this deduction?
15. What happens if I do not pay the property taxes?
16. Who buys these liens? (If I do not pay the property taxes.)
17. What happens once a lien has been sold on the property?