Mt. Vernon Register-News

December 21, 2013

MVTHS may intervene on tax appeal

By TRAVIS MORSE travis.morse@register-news.com
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon Township High School may file an objection to an appeal by Truck Centers, Inc., to lower the truck dealer’s market value.

If successful, the appeal would reduce Truck Centers’ 2012 market value from $2,778,498 to $1,920,000, said Lee Ann Crunk, Jefferson County’s supervisor of assessments.

This means the firm’s Equalized Assessed Valuation for that year would drop from $926,166 to $640,000.

As a result, the business would pay considerably less in property taxes and MVTHS could stand to lose significant revenue.

Truck Centers’ Mt. Vernon location is at 621 S. 45th St. The firm is a family-owned heavy truck dealer.

“If a huge entity like that gets reduced or comes off the tax rolls, the amount that everyone else pays (for property taxes) increases,” said Superintendent Michael Smith.

Smith broached the tax appeal issue at Monday night’s meeting of the MVTHS Board of Education.

He informed the board of Truck Centers’ appeal and said the matter has been forwarded to the school district’s legal counsel.

Smith said MVTHS typically partners with District 80 schools on matters like this.

A motion for MVTHS to file an intervention in this case will likely come up for a vote at January’s school board meeting, Smith said.

Because of limited revenue sources, Smith said it’s important for MVTHS to acquire all the dollars it can under tax caps.

Representatives of Truck Centers were unavailable for comment for this story.

Crunk confirmed Thursday she has received the materials related to the Truck Centers appeal.

“I am working on it currently,” Crunk said. “I’ve been given until February 2014 to respond or submit a request for an extension.”

The Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board will make the final ruling on the Truck Centers appeal. Crunk said it could be about a year before the issue is fully resolved.

In July, it was announced that MVTHS and District 80 were filing interventions related to an appeal by the Walgreens Distribution Center to lower the center’s 2011 EAV from $3.5 million to $1.9 million.

This appeal is still pending before the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board, Crunk said.