Believe it or not, Will County spent money to mail bills with a zero balance. For years.

Today, however, I can say we have put an end to that wasteful behavior once and for all.

In Illinois, property with an assessed value less than $150 owes no property tax. These “zero bills” are for public spaces such as parks, forest preserve areas, or other public land.

Last year, my staff manually set aside about 16,000 zero bills. It was a lot of work, but it saved $5,600 in postage. This year, we identified 15,873 zero bills before we printed them. We saved $9,841 in printing and postage expense in the process.

We provide copies of the bills upon request, but only one group made the request last year.

The real success is saving $15,441 over the past two years.

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