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Property taxes spike in Hardin County

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HARDIN CO. -- Outraged homeowners in Hardin County want answers after seeing their property taxes skyrocket.

Illinois already has one of the highest property tax rates in the nation.

Deborah Barger said she handles other people's money for a living and said she was surprised to hear her property taxes are about to shoot up by more than three times as much from last year."

Turns out Hardin county is re-assessing Barger's property taxes on her home and another small piece of vacant land.

"The taxes were going from 600 dollars to 1800 dollars," she said.

But Barger isn't alone.

Bud Stokes said the county clerk told him Hardin County is re-assessing property taxes for 264 homeowners.

"It does seem that a select few is having to take care of the whole county of Hardin which is one of the poorest counties in the state." said Rhonda Belford, who is appealing her taxes.

Adding the closing of the Hardin County work camp, it leaves the county even poorer.

Barger said it's a tax increase most of her clients can't afford.

"I have senior citizens who are customers of mine that are on a fixed income, and if theirs goes up like that they will lose their properties," she said. "It's just absurd."

Anyone else affected by the property tax spike can appeal at the Hardin County courthouse by Oct. 28.

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