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August 7, 2022

Dept of Revenue Denied Shelby County’s Tax Exemption Request On Farmland –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On October 22, 2021

Shelbyville, IL. (ECWd) –

We reviewed the statement of facts and supporting documentation and determined that this property does not meet the exemption qualifications for the following reason or reasons:”

  • The property is not in exempt use.”

The Illinois Department of Revenue denied Shelby County’s request for tax exemption of its farmland.

The Shelby County State’s Attorney and the Shelby County Board of Review petitioned the Illinois Department of Revenue for tax exempt status of the county-owned farmland. The county has owned this property since 1867.

As we expected, the IDOR denied tax exempt status of that land.

Now the county taxpayers must pay the real estate taxes of the county-owned land.

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4 Comments
  • PK
    Posted at 13:53h, 22 October

    Surely there would be a lack of evidence to present for an administrative appeal!

  • Kirk Allen
    Posted at 07:53h, 24 October

    Future use undetermined? The board has made it clear they want it farmed. How is claiming future use undetermined?

  • d dah
    Posted at 15:13h, 24 October

    Farm land is vacant land!

  • PK
    Posted at 19:02h, 24 October

    Collectively, the board stubbornly votes to hold a view to profit from the poor farm; because, at some point in the last generation, the county went from the intent of a “poor farm” to another that seeks to profit for the county’s coffers.

    {Retracting sarcasm}

    The claim could be valid if the future use is with clarity on public purpose and without a view to profit. Evidence to present on appeal could be a board resolution that spells that out, I believe.

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