Christine Johnson, Treasurer
Administration Building - Sycamore Campus
110 East Sycamore Street, Sycamore, IL 60178
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Phone: (815) 895-7112
The County Treasurer has the responsibility to receive, invest and distribute the revenue and public monies of the county. This office also keeps accounts of all monies paid out stating the date, to whom payment is made and on what account payment is made.
Payments must be specifically authorized by law or by the County Board.
It is the duty of the County Treasurer to invest and reinvest any funds which are not used within 30 days. The County’s money is invested in banks in or within close proximity to DeKalb County. Investment objectives are safety of principal, liquidity, and maximum rate of return.
Each month the Treasurer reports to the County Board the amounts of money invested in banks listed by account and whether the money is in a NOW account or if the money is otherwise invested.
The County Collector prepares bills and receipts for the purpose of tax collection of real estate, drainage and mobile home taxes within the county.
Upon receipt of the tax monies the County Collector proceeds to disburse these funds to the more than 150 taxing districts. Tax collection funds are kept in interest-bearing accounts. The interest earned on these accounts is disbursed to the various taxing districts proportional to the amount of tax collected for them.
The County Collector holds a tax sale at the end of every tax year to sell the tax on every parcel that remains unpaid.
The County Collector receives and records inheritance tax. She must report and pay inheritance tax collections to the State Treasurer. Quarterly reports are sent to the Illinois Attorney General on unpaid inheritance taxes.
The Treasurer collects and distributes, as required, transfers of monies from the state. These transfers include in part; sales tax, supplemental sales tax, income tax, income tax surcharge, salary reimbursement, replacement tax, inheritance tax, emergency management assistance program monies and motor fuel tax.
The Treasurer reimburses claims for damage to animals injured or killed by dogs. She also acts as the treasurer for the 911 Emergency Telephone System Board. The Treasurer assists senior citizens in filing for Real Estate Tax Deferral.
The Treasurer reviews and grants the tax deferral to those who meet the requirements. Information pertaining to approved deferrals is then reported to the Illinois Department of Revenue.
The Treasurer maintains tax records from the year 1851 and makes them available to the public for researching historical tax data. The Treasurer also makes available County tax records and maps for use by tax searchers and other concerned parties.