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Mistake means slightly higher tax bills in North Aurora
By Susan Sarkauskas | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 5/30/2009 12:00 AM

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North Aurora landowners are being mistakenly charged extra property tax due to a clerical error made by the Kane County Clerk's office.

A levy to pay Social Security was entered twice, costing an extra $230,000.

The village board will discuss what to do about it Monday night. The village could send out a refund this year, or it could let the county lower next year's tax extension by that amount.

North Aurora finance director Bill Hannah caught the mistake. It happened sometime after he signed off March 24 on a correct tax computation report sent to him by the clerk's office. The clerk then sent an incorrect report to the county treasurer to prepare tax bills, and e-mailed Hannah a copy of it April 22. Hannah called it to the tax extension director's attention, but was told it was too late to do anything about it. Tax bills were mailed out the last week of April, with the first payment installment due Monday.

The mistake is costing payers about 4 cents per $100 of equalized assessed value of their property. On a $250,000 home, with a homestead exemption, that amounts to $31.33.