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Will County Steve Weber announced that his office saved $9,076 by removing one return envelope from the property tax notices as well as not mailing property tax bills to tax-exempt organizations that pay no tax under Illinois law.
16,000 Tax-Exempt Bills
Public spaces in Illinois, such as parks, municipal land, and forest preserve areas, are not taxed. Despite this fact, Will County generates and mails almost 16,000 of these “zero tax” bills every year. Treasurer Weber ended the practice this year, seeing it as wasteful and inefficient.
“It makes no sense to mail a bill with a zero balance,” Weber said, “My staff manually removed 15,993 of these ‘zero’ bills this year, which saved $5,600 in postage alone.”
“We will provide copies of those bills upon request of the taxing districts, but so far, we have received few requests,” Weber added.
One Return Envelope
Will County property owners also may notice one less thing in their tax bill this year: only one return envelope. The decision by Weber was intentional.
“We discovered last year that people use the second envelope less than half of the time,” Weber said, “By not including that one envelope; we use less paper and save $3,500 in printing costs.”
Weber said his office does not have additional envelopes to mail citizens who may request one.