The following is a letter sent to U.S. Representatives Judy Biggert (IL-13) and Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) about undelivered tax bills sent through the U.S. Postal System.  If you have not received your Will County Tax Bill, please Send Us Email.

May 19, 2011

Congresswoman Judy Biggert
6262 South Route 82, Suite 305
Willowbrook, IL 60527

Congressman Adam Kinzinger
2701 Black Road, Suite 201
Joliet, IL 60435

Dear Members of Congress,

As the Will County Treasurer, I am responsible for mailing real estate tax bills to all of Will County. On April 29, 2011, we sent out over 270,000 bills. In September, we will be mailing out over 24,000 reminder notices and in October over 12,000 delinquent notices will be sent out through the U.S. Postal Service.

It is very important for a taxpayer to receive their bill since they could lose their home if the taxes are not paid. My office takes this responsibility very seriously and makes every effort to server our taxpayers in an efficient manner as possible.

The main purpose of this letter is to bring your attention to the problems we are experiencing with the U.S. Postal Service. As with any large mailing, you expect to receive a certain percentage of the mail back as undeliverable. We understand and expect the same to happen with our mailing. However, we have detected an overriding problem with the mail sent to Senior Citizens who travel to warmer weather in the winter. A large amount of the returned mail appears to belong to the “Snowbirds.”

Snowbirds will have their mail forwarded to whichever address they are currently residing. In theory, their mail should follow them. Unfortunately, we have been receiving the returned mail as “Return to Sender/Attempted/Not Known/Unable to Forward.”

My office diligently researches returned mail and has found this problem with returned mail. This returned mail is costing our taxpayers not only time but money as the bills have to be re-mailed to the very same address as it was originally sent.

I would appreciate any assistance you could provide my office in resolving this issue. Your staff can contact Debbie Militello, my Executive Assistant, if they have any questions or require additional information. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if ever I can be of assistance.

Sincerely,

 

Steve Weber, CPA
Will County Treasurer

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2 Responses to Letter to Biggert and Kinzinger About Undelivered Tax Bills

  1. John Kesot says:

    Steve Weber,
    I did not receive a tax bill this year. I had to go to the internet to find out how much is owed this year. I would also like to know how come our taxes keep going up when our house values have declined. As a person approaching retirement these increases will force us to move. I would appreciate a reply.
    Thank You,
    John Kesot

  2. Mr. Kesot,

    Thank you for telling us that you did not receive your tax bill. We are working with our Members of Congress and the Postal Service to improve the system. As you mentioned, you can obtain a copy of your bill free on our website.

    As for your question on why taxes go up, it is a common question we receive all of the time. In short, a higher tax bill is the result of a higher tax rate set by a taxing district like your school district or municipal government. Our office is the messenger when we mail the bills.

    Please take a moment to read Why Did My Property Taxes Go Up for additional information.

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