Ela Township facilities are open to the public from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Friday.  Masks are optional for all visitors and staff regardless of vaccination status.  For more information and resources on Covid-19, please click here.

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For questions or support, contact:

  • Phone: 555-555-5555
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Frequently asked questions

You can stay up to date on current news and view our newsletter by visiting our Ela Township News page.

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You can find detailed information on how to appeal at elatownship.org/how-to-appeal

To qualify for exemptions on your property you must be the owner of record and it must be your primary residence. You must be 65 for the senior exemptions. Remember, only Cook County requires you to reapply for the Senior Homestead Exemption every year. A list of exemptions are available on our Exemption Information page and at http://www.lakecountyil.gov/156/Tax-Relief.

 

You can apply online with the SmartFile E-Filing Portal at https://lakecountyilpaefile.tylertech.com/lake_il_sf or Contact the Assessor’s Office at 847-438-8370

The amount of tax you pay is determined by taking your property’s assessed value, subtracting your exemptions, then multiplying your tax rate. You can use your last years tax bill to determine an estimated tax due by using your new assessed value, subtracting your exemptions, then multiplying your tax rate. You can search for current or previous tax bills at https://tax.lakecountyil.gov/forms/htmlframe.aspx?mode=content/home.htm

The Community Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30am-7:30pm and Wednesday from 8:30am-3:30pm.

All Ela Township residents over the age of 55 may sign up to become a member to participate in activities and receive our quarterly newsletter for free. Any individuals over the age of 55 that reside outside of the township may pay an annual fee of $35 to participate in activities and receive our quarterly newsletter.

All classes and activities for our Ela 55+ programming take place at the Ela Township Community Center (except for Day Trips, Long Distance Trips, and offsite programming)

We offer year round volunteering opportunities. You can help K-5th graders with school work at our Homework Club, or become a volunteer summer camp counselor in training. Be sure to check out our Youth Volunteering Opportunities page for more details, dates, and times!

With the exception of Teen Club and Summer Camp, all of the Youth programs take place at the Ela Township Community Center. Teen Club takes place at the Foglia YMCA, and Summer Camp is run out of Knox Park.

The Ela Township Community Family Services department has a vast lending closet available to Township residents full of gently used equipment. Click here for more information.

Anywhere within Ela Township boundaries, in addition to Good Shepherd Hospital (and doctors in the surrounding area) and the Barrington Train Station.

$2.00 for a one-way ride, $4.00 for a round trip ride, and one additional stop can be made for $1.00.

Unfortunately not, the Ela Township Senior & Disabled Bus service is for Ela Township residents only.

Yes, Ela Township offers bus service for Township residents who are 55 and older or  those with disabilities.  Please call (847) 438-6677 or view our Transportation page (link to page)

Tax bills are typically mailed the first part of May, with due dates in early June and September. Duplicate copies of the tax bills are available online once the bills are mailed.

Tax bills are typically mailed the first part of May, with due dates in early June and September. Duplicate copies of the tax bills are available online once the bills are mailed.

You can view your exemptions at tax.lakecountyil.gov Select Basic Search, enter your PIN or address, select your property from the list, and then select Exemption History from the left navigation.

When you receive your tax bill it is important to go over this information as well. Other than the amount of taxes due, you will be able to see both the market and assessed value of your property, the exemptions that you currently have as well as the amount of each exemption, your taxable value, your taxing bodies, their individual tax rates and how much they receive from your tax bill and the amount of change from the prior year.

To view your bill or see your payment status, please visit the Lake County Treasurer’s website at http://www.lakecountyil.gov/508/Current-Payment-Status.

You can view your property record card, search for comparable properties and create grid sheets for comparison at www.IMSLake.org

You can apply online with the SmartFile E-Filing Portal at https://lakecountyilpaefile.tylertech.com/lake_il_sf or Contact the Assessor’s Office at 847-438-8370

You can apply online with the SmartFile E-Filing Portal at https://lakecountyilpaefile.tylertech.com/lake_il_sf or Contact the Assessor’s Office at 847-438-8370

Governments are all trying to cut spending and find additional sources of revenue to provide their service. Most local taxing bodies rely heavily on the revenue from property taxes to fund their services. However, the cost of these services keeps increasing requiring more money from property taxes. When a taxing body asks for more money it means spending, the tax burden is increasing and property taxes will increase. The following is an example of how tax dollars are spent based on a $7,745 tax bill for a Lake Zurich resident.

 

You can pay online, at select local banks, by mail, or at the Treasurer’s office in Waukegan https://www.lakecountyil.gov/534/Online-Payments

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Contrary to popular belief, your assessment does not determine your taxes. The main purpose of assessing property is to fairly distribute the tax burden according to your property’s value. Generally tax bills are going up as a result of increased spending by taxing bodies. So, if government spending and the “levy” requests do not decrease, most of us will see no relief in our tax bills.

You can check your property characteristics at any time during the year at IMSLake.org. If you notice that there is incorrect information, please call our office and let us know. We can then set up an appointment for a field person to come out and verify the changes.

As prescribed by the state, assessors use three years of sales preceding the assessment date to estimate market value. The assessment date is January 1 of that year. In the assessment process, we do not predict the value in the future; rather we use factual evidence from the past. It is impossible to appraise all the property in the township using the current year sale data because it would delay the entire tax cycle.

You receive your assessment notice from Lake County, typically in the late summer to early fall. From the day that it is mailed, you have thirty days to file an appeal based on the assessed value of your property. When you receive your notice, please look it over carefully for exemptions you are entitled to and verify that the features and square footage of your property are accurate.

Our How to Appeal page has information on how to review and appeal your assessment.  Staff is available to assist with scanning documents. Ela Township will review all appeals and reach out with an offer to reduce the assessment if warranted. Note: AN ASSESSMENT APPEAL DOES NOT ADDRESS THE AMOUNT OF THE PROPERTY TAX BILL.

You can view taxing districts at tax.lakecountyil.gov Select Basic Search, enter the PIN or address, select property from the list, and then scroll down to Tax District Information.

You can view taxing districts at tax.lakecountyil.gov Select Basic Search, enter the PIN or address, select property from the list, and then scroll down to Tax District Information to see if a municipality is listed.

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The Ela Township Clerk will post voting information on our website and on Facebook leading up to and during an election.  You can also visit www.lakecountyil.gov/161/County-Clerk.

You can early vote anywhere in Lake County where Early Voting is being held.  On election day you vote in your precinct at your polling place which can be found on your voters registration card.

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You view tax payment history and taxes owed online at http://www.tax.lakecountyil.gov/search/commonsearch.aspx?mode=realprop

You can apply for a job with Ela Township by viewing our Employment Opportunities page.

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