Delay in Voting Due to Pending Objection Hearings by…

On January 26, 2016, Livingston County Clerk Kristy Masching announced that ongoing objections to several Presidential Candidates are not anticipated to be resolved by the State Board of Elections in time for ballots to be prepared and voting tabulators to be programmed for the opening of By Mail and Early Voting on February 4, 2016. The ballots and machines are anticipated to be available no later than February 17, 2016 – the beginning of Grace Period Registration and Voting – by which time most challenges seeking to remove candidates from the ballot should have been decided and final ballot certifications issued by the State Board of Elections.

“It is possible that ballots may be available prior to February 17, and if so, we will notify the media and voters through radio and newspaper releases and on our website,” said Masching. Once final certifications are received from the State Board of Elections, they will be forwarded immediately to our vendor, Liberty Systems, for preparation and programming of the voting tabulators, allowing us to finalize ballots and open for voting”.

Voters wishing to vote by mail may obtain an application to vote by mail by contacting the County Clerk’s Office, or by visiting the Clerk’s website at www.livingstoncounty-il.org, (Click on the following: County Services, County Clerk, Elections). Ballots will be mailed out as soon as they become available. The last day an application for a vote by mail ballot can be received and a ballot mailed is March 10, 2016. Masching would like to remind voters that no reason or excuse is needed to vote by mail or vote early in the Clerk’s Office.
For questions regarding voting, contact the County Clerk’s Office at 815-844-2006. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Historic Courthouse, 112 W. Madison, Pontiac. Special Saturday hours for voting only will be held March 5th and 12th, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon; and on Wednesday March 9th, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Voters may also contact us via email at email hidden; JavaScript is required or email hidden; JavaScript is required

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Property Tax Relief for Veterans with Disabilities, Families

IL Dept of Revenue

New Laws Provide Property Tax Relief for Veterans with Disabilities, Families

More Illinois veterans and persons with disabilities will be eligible for tax relief as a result of legislation recently enacted.  Public Act 98-1145 and Public Act 99-0375 expand the existing property tax homestead exemptions and mobile home exemptions, helping more Illinois veterans with disabilities and their families.

Veterans and their spouses who qualified for the Specially Adapted Housing Exemption for Veterans with Disabilities (35 ILCS 200/15-165) for the 2014 tax year will receive additional property tax relief on their 2015 property tax bills. The Specially Adapted Housing Exemption benefit was increased, providing a reduction in the assessed value for specially adapted housing of up to $100,000 (previously $70,000).  Those veterans and their families who qualify for the specially adapted housing benefit on their mobile home will continue to be fully exempt from the full amount of the Mobile Homes Local Services Tax Act.

For the 2015 tax year for taxes payable in 2016, the specially adapted housing benefit is expanded to include housing specifically constructed or adapted to suit a qualifying veteran’s disability, and is donated through a charitable organization in compliance with the standards set by the U. S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  The exemption must be reestablished annually by certification from the Illinois Department of Veterans to the Illinois Department of Revenue who forwards the certification list of eligible veterans to the local assessing officials.

Additional property tax relief passed into law that will benefit veterans and their spouses, beginning with the 2015 tax year for property taxes payable in 2016, includes:

  • A new law in the Property Tax Code (35 ILCS 200/10-23) will provide a property tax break to veterans and persons with disabilities who make accessibility improvements to their residences. Accessibility improvements may include: ramps, grab bars, widening doorways, and other improvements to enhance the independence of individuals with disabilities. These accessibility improvements will not increase the assessment of the property for a period of seven years after the installment of the improvements.
  • The Standard Homestead Exemption for Veterans with Disabilities (35 ILCS 200/15-169) exemption benefits will significantly increase for a veteran with a service-connected disability of at least 30% (previously 50%) or greater, as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. This annual exemption provides a reduction in the equalized assessed value based on the veteran’s service-connected disability for the veteran’s primary residence or their surviving spouse’s primary residence.

The benefits for this exemption will increase as follows:

Veterans or surviving spouses of veterans with at least 30% service-connected disability, but less than 50%, will receive a $2,500 annual exemption.

Veterans or surviving spouses of veterans with a service-connected disability of 50%, but less than 70%, will receive a $5,000 annual exemption.

Veterans or surviving spouses of veterans with a service-connected disability of 70% or more will be exempt from paying property taxes on their primary residences.

Surviving spouses of veterans who are killed in the line of duty will receive additional property tax relief to assist families in maintaining their homes.  A total property tax exemption will be available for surviving spouses of veteran who are killed in the line of duty on January 1, 2015 or after.

By law, veterans with disabilities can claim only one of the following exemptions on their primary residence for a single tax year:

  • Veterans with Disabilities Exemption (35 ILCS 200/15-165);
  • Homestead Exemption for Persons with Disabilities (35 ILCS 200/15-168); or
  • Standard Homestead Exemption for Veterans with Disabilities (35 ILCS 200/15-169).

Veterans with disabilities or their surviving spouses are required to file for the property tax relief each year.  For more information on property tax relief and veteran’s benefits, visit the Illinois Department of Revenue and Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs websites.   Illinois veterans or their spouses should contact their local Veteran Service Officer for information to apply for the specially-adapted housing property tax and mobile home tax exemption benefits.  For information on how to apply for property tax relief available through homestead exemptions, contact your chief county assessment office.