Decatur Township Assessor

Property Assessment  Appeal Process Guide

General Information

Property taxes are levied, collected, and spent locally to finance a major portion of the services that units of local government provide to their residents. The amount you pay in taxes is dependent upon two factors: the assessed value of your property and the dollar amount levied by units of government.

The appeal process begins at the local level. When going through the appeal process, you, the property owner, are appealing the assessed value of your property, not the tax bill. The amount of the tax bill is determined by the various tax rates that are applied to the assessment based on the levies of various local government taxing districts which include counties, townships, municipalities, school districts, special districts, etc. If your assessment changes, these changes must be published in a local newspaper, and notices will be mailed to the homeowner.

Note: Tax rates are not an issue in the assessment appeal process, only the amount of the assessment.

Appeal Process

If you do not think your assessment is correct, please contact the Decatur Township Assessor’s Office. We are happy to sit down with you and listen to your concerns. The following information will help you be prepared for the meeting, and will help us understand the situation better.

·  Recent purchase contracts, listings, and closing statements of your property

·  Sales of similar homes in your neighborhood

·  Assessments of similar homes in your neighborhood

·  Recent appraisal of your property

·  Photographs of your home and comparable properties in your neighborhood

You can gather comparable sales and assessment information by researching similar properties via our website at If you need assistance, you may call or visit our office and a knowledgeable staff member will be happy to help you through the process.

Complaints may be based on the following objections.

·  Incorrect data – Information about your property is incorrectly reported on the Assessor’s property record card.  Errors in square footage or numbers of bathrooms in the home are some examples.

·  Market Value – Based on comparable sales in the area, your house would sell for less than the Assessor’s opinion of value

·  Inequity – The market value of your property is accurate, but similar properties are assessed for less.

2021 Soft appeal forms.

Re-evaluation Data Verficiation.

After your meeting with the Decatur Township Assessor’s Office, if you are not satisfied with the Assessor’s decision, you may file an appeal with the Macon County Board of Review. At the appeal hearing you will present your information to a three member panel.  For more information about the Macon County Board of Review, go to You may discuss your assessment with the Decatur Township Assessor’s Office throughout the year.  However, appeals to the Board of Review must be filed within 30 days after the publication of the assessment in the Decatur Herald and Review which is published in the fall of each year.  After receiving notice of the Board of Review’s decision you have thirty days to appeal to the State Property Tax Appeal Board.

Remember, most misunderstandings on your assessment may be answered by a simple phone call or by furnishing supporting data to the Decatur Township Assessor’s Office.  If you would like to set up an appointment with the Decatur Township Assessor’s Office, you can call our office at (217) 428-3479.


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