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The Township Assessor might more accurately be called an appraiser. The Assessor does not levy a tax, but rather places a value on assesses all property for tax purposes, valuing it at its fair market value. The County Clerk compiles a list of all lands and lots to be assessed, including those which are taxable, or which have become taxable for the first time. The Assessor must then determine the market value of all taxable property, and assess that property at one-third of its market value. Township assessors use the same principles, techniques and methodologies as those employed by fee appraisers with only slight variations to accommodate the uniformity criteria of the statutes and mass appraisal. The ultimate purpose of the assessed value is to proportion the tax burden, as established by the taxing bodies, over all property in a fair and equitable manner based on the value of the real estate. Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption Application.
The township is the oldest form of government in existence on the North American continent, brought to the New World by Pilgrims when they landed on the eastern seaboard in Generally there are eight officers in each township, elected for terms of four years — Supervisor, Clerk, Assessor, Highway Commissioner and four Trustees. Knox County is divided into 20 townships and one coterminous township, which is the Town of the City of Galesburg, established in