Dawn A.: Us looking at moving is absolutely because of the property taxes.


Dawn A.: Us looking at moving is absolutely because of the property taxes.

Dawn A. owns a 3,016 square foot, 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom Mundelein home that is currently assessed at $352,020.

“The system is going to implode,” Dawn said. “We are not going to be able to afford to continue at this rate. You can’t tax enough to get out of it.”

Dawn took possession of the home in 2011 when it was worth around $300,000, or $336,285 in today’s dollars. She has paid $63,944 in property taxes since 2011, more than 21 percent of the original value of her home.

"We’re looking at moving,” Dawn said. “We’re seeing if my husband can transfer to another naval base in another state. Us looking at moving is absolutely because of the property taxes. I can only fight it so long at the village level.”

Dawn is currently paying$10,278 per year in property taxes on her home, about 2.9 percent of the Lake County Assessor claimed value of $352,020.

“Our taxes have been spent on wasted entitlement,” Dawn said. “It’s been spent on pensions and it’s not being spent on the infrastructure or the towns and they just keep taking more and more money from us.”

Indiana has a hard 1 percent cap on property taxes. This means local governments are not allowed under state law to charge homeowner’s more than 1 percent of their home’s assessed value per year. The average property tax rate for the state of Indiana is 0.89 percent. Meanwhile, the average property tax rate in Illinois is 2.3 percent.

If Dawn lived in Indiana the most she could be charged in property taxes would be $3,520 per year or $6,758 less than what she currently pays in Illinois.

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