Your resource on the impact of 
Illinois Farmland Assessment Law in 
Wayne County, IL
Last updated November 19, 2014

The Farmland Assessment Law in Illinois is critical to the solvency of Illinois' number one industry... agriculture.  

In the 2013 spring legislation session, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) introduced legislation that made a fundamental change to the way farmland assessed values are calculated.  

IDOR's plan shifted the annual cap of a 10% increase in the assessment on an individual soil productivity index (PI) to the 10% increase in the median cropped soil for the entire state.  The median cropped soil has a PI of 111.  The impact of this change would allow the 2014 Certified Values for all PI's to increase or decrease 10% of PI 111's 2013 Certified Value. 

The primary reason for the change was to correct an ongoing disparity in the assessed value from the lowest PI soil to the highest PI soil.  The arbitrary 10% limitation on changes in assessment from year to year, was artificially keeping the assessment on lower PI soils from rising as fast as they should under the formula.

The change in will take affect for the 2015 tax year, payable in 2016.   

We have put together articles and resources to help you better understand the law, as well as how to calculate your farmland property taxes.

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RESOURCES

Illinois Farmland Assessment Law - How Does it Work?
This resource summarizes the basics of FAL, and gives an example of how to use a property tax record to calculate your property taxes.

Frequently Asked Questions
These are the questions we most often receive on Farmland Assessment.

Wayne County Soil Survey (2010)
Use this resource to identify which soil types you have on your parcel. 

Soil Surveys for other counties in Illinois

2015 Certified Values    2014 Certified Values    2013 Certified Values
The Illinois Department of Revenue releases this document every year.  County Assessors use the certified values of each productivity index to calculate your property tax. 

Wayne County Property Tax Rates - 2012 rates  
This table details the tax levy, tax rate, maximum tax rate, and tax extension by individual fund for each taxing district within the county. The “Levy” is the amount of money to be raised from property taxes to support the operating needs of the taxing district during the year.  The “Rate” is the amount of tax due stated in terms of percentage of the tax base.  The tax rate percentage is derived by dividing the levy for a fund by the equalized assessed value (EAV) for the taxing district.  Some funds have a statutory maximum rate that cannot be exceeded. The “Fund Extension” is the amount of taxes billed for each taxing district.  The county clerk extends taxes by multiplying EAV by tax rate for each fund. The sum of the fund levies, rates, and extensions are listed following each taxing district.

Wayne County Assessed Values - 2012 Assessments 
This table provides the assessed value for each of the taxing districts in Wayne County.  It breaks the assessed values down by residential, farm, commercial, industrial, railroad, and mineral.  The table also provides the total taxes levied in each of those districts.

Illinois Department of Revenue's Page on Farmland Assessment

​University of Illinois Publication Bulletin 810
Use this resource to identify the productivity index of each soil type on your parcel.

Wayne County Farm Bureau  - Fairfield, IL
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