Monroe County, IL
Overview

Responsibilities

  • Deposits and keeps the revenue and public monies of the county.
  • Invests funds on deposit according to State law.
  • Assists the County Board in formulating budgets, financial plans and projections.
  • Billing and Collection of over $50 million real estate taxes.
  • Conducts annual sale of delinquent real estate taxes
2016 Tax Cycle
2016 Real Estate Tax Bills Mailed               The week after Labor Day
1 st Installment Due October 10, 2017
2 nd Installment Due November 9, 2017

View Real Estate Tax Bill/Account


If you have outstanding real estate taxes, the following dates will affect the amount you owe.  Please contact the Monroe County Treasurer's Office to obtain your current balance due.

  • Reminder Letters Mailed - November 28, 2017
  • Interest accrues on both installment amounts - Nobember 11, 2017
  • Certified Letters Mailed ($10.00 fee added to balance) - December 12, 2017
  • Delinquent R/E Tax published in Waterloo Rebublic Times - December 20, 2017 (all payments must be received no later than noon on December 18, 2017)
  • Judgment to sell delinquent taxes - January 5, 2018
  • Tax Lien Sale - January 9, 2018


 

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Kevin Koenigstein, Monroe County Treasurer/Collector
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 213, Fax: 618-939-8704, treasurer@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

About

About the Treasurer's Office

Middle-aged white male with short dark hair and glasses, wearing a suit and tie.

Kevin Koenigstein was re-elected Monroe County Treasurer/Collector in November of 2014 for a four-year term. Kevin is a native of Monroe County, growing up on the family farm near Hecker and attending New Athens grade and high schools. Kevin is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and he has his Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Kevin brings extensive experience and leadership to this office from his years of working in state government and commercial banking.

Kevin resides in Columbia with his wife, Lillian, a native of Columbia. They have two daughters, Loren, and Kaitlyn, who attend school in the Columbia School District.

Kevin is active in the following civic and professional organizations:

Kevin Koenigstein, Monroe County Treasurer/Collector
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 213, Fax: 618-939-8704, treasurer@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Parcel Inquiry

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Kevin Koenigstein, Monroe County Treasurer/Collector
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 213, Fax: 618-939-8704, treasurer@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tax Payments

Real Estate Tax Payment Options

There are several options for property owners in Monroe County to pay their real estate taxes. Please note that in order to avoid interest penalties each installment must be paid by its particular due date according to the laws of the State of Illinois. The payment process is explained on the back side of your tax bill, however, if you have additional questions please feel free to contact the Monroe County Treasurer’s Office at 618-939-8681, ext. 213. Check should be made payable to "MONROE COUNTY COLLECTOR".

In-Person Payments

In-person payments may be made at the Monroe County Treasurer’s Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Cash, money orders, personal and cashier’s checks are accepted. The Treasurer’s Office is located across from the Information Desk on the main floor of the Monroe County Courthouse.

USPS Mail Payments

Payments may be mailed through the United States Postal Service and must be postmarked no later than the installment due date in order to avoid interest penalties. For your convenience, the Monroe County Treasurer’s Office encloses return envelopes for each installment with your tax bill. Payments in the form of check or money order should be made payable to the Monroe County Collector and sent along with your payment stub to the following address:

Kevin W. Koenigstein  •  Monroe County Treasurer/Collector  •  Monroe County Court House  •  100 S. Main Street  •  Waterloo, IL 62298

Credit Card Payments

Payments may be made via the internet using Master Card, Visa, Visa Debit Card, American Express or Discover Card through the Illinois E-Pay website. A convenience fee will be applied to each transaction based upon the amount you are paying.

Direct Debit

Payments will automatically be deducted from *your bank account on the date* that the installment is due. If you are interested in Direct Debit, please fill out the Direct Debit Form and return it to the Treasurer's Office along with a voided check from the bank account you wish to use for real estate tax payment. Please call the Monroe County Treasurer's Office at 618-939-8681, ext 213, for more information.

Online Payments

Payments directly from your bank account may be made online through the Illinois E-Pay website. A convenience fee of $1.40 per transaction will apply. Payments will be accepted from the time real estate bills are mailed through the last installment date. Please visit the E-Pay online or call the Monroe County Treasurer/Collector's office at 618-939-8681, ext 213, for more information.

Drop Box Payments

For your convenience, a drop box has been installed on the Market Street side of the Monroe County Courthouse. It is located in the landscaped island facing the east side of the Courthouse and is checked by an employee of the Treasurer’s Office every morning for payments. If you use the drop box, please enclose your payment in an envelope marked “Treasurer’s Office” and include your payment stub with your check or money order. If you do not have your payment stub, please include the address of the property or the parcel number of the property for which you are paying taxes.

Other Payment Locations

Many banks located in Monroe and Randolph Counties accept tax payments on or before the specified installment’s due date. Following is a list of participating banks:

Monroe County Banks
Associated Bank Columbia
First Bank Columbia, & Waterloo
Central Bank Columbia
First National Bank of Waterloo Columbia & Waterloo
Midlands State Bank Columbia & Waterloo
Regions Bank Columbia
Reliance Bank Columbia
State Bank of Waterloo Valmeyer & Waterloo
Commerce Bank Columbia
Columbia National Bank Columbia
Randolph County Banks
Dieterich Bank Red Bud
Buena Vista Red Bud & Prarie du Rocher
First Bank Red Bud
North County Savings Red Bud

Kevin Koenigstein, Monroe County Treasurer/Collector
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 213, Fax: 618-939-8704, treasurer@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

FAQ

The Treasurer/Collector's office accepts cash*, check or money orders made *payable to the Monroe County Collector. You may pay by mail,in person during regular business hours at the Treasurer's Office located in the Monroe County Courthouse, or use the convenient drop box located in the circle drive of the Monroe County Courthouse facing Market

Yes, if your payment is mailed and postmarked on or before the due date your payment will be considered as paid on time. This DOES NOT apply to delinquent taxes.

Yes, we encourage pre-payments towards your tax amount. If you would like more information regarding pre-paying your tax bill, please contact the Treasurer's Office.

You cannot protest your taxes. You may,however, appeal your assessment. Contact the Assessor's Office for more details.

Regardless of whether a property owner escrows their tax payment, they are still responsible for that tax payment. Should there be miscommunications with the mortgage company or other issues with the payment, the property owner has a record of the amount of taxes and when they are due.

You ensure your payment was received by the Monroe County Treasurer/Collector's office, you may call us at 618-939-8681, ext. 213.

When a mortgage company holds money in escrow for property tax payments, it is their obligation to pay the appropriate amount in a timely manner. Should a mistake or miscommunication occur, the mortgage company is responsible for all penalties and fees incurred. These fees and penalties are to come out of their corporate account and not the escrow account in their keeping.

After each due date, an interest penalty is applied at the rate of 1.5% per month. The penalty is not prorated and a separate penalty applies to each installment. If you need to know the exact amount of your interest penalty, or would like more information, please contact the Treasurer's office at 618-939-8681, ext. 213.

The law in Illinois states that all taxes must be collected and distributed. If you cannot pay part or all of your property taxes in a certain year, the unpaid portion, including interest penalties, will be sold at the delinquent tax sale. Your property will NOT be sold at tax sale.

When you escrow your taxes with a mortgage company, they have you sign a letter authorizing them to pay your taxes. The mortgage company sends this office a copy of your authorization letter along with a request for your tax bill. When the tax bills are printed we send out two copies of your tax bill. One copy is sent to your mortgage company and the other copy is sent to you, the property owner, with an enclosed note stating your mortgage company requested a copy of your bill.

On our home page, click PARCEL INQUIRY, which is located in a grey box in the upper right portion of your screen.  Click on the button that says "Accept Terms and Conditions", this will bring up a screen with fields to fill in.  If you have the Parcel #, which is shown as the PIN # on your tax bill, enter the numbers only in the appropriate field, then click Continue.  If you do not have the Parcel #, enter the last name of the Property Owner and click Continue.  If you have address information only, enter the Street # and the name of the street.  DO NOT ENTER the Street Suffix, (i.e., St, Blvd, Ave, etc.). 

PLEASE NOTE:  DO NOT ENTER MORE THAN ONE FIELD.  The system will try to pull too much data and will give you an error if you enter more than one field

Once you see the screen with your property tax information, you will have the option to click on additional "buttons" or tabs to view a PDF of your Tax Bill, your Assessment Notice and by clicking on the Payments and Fees button you will view the screen the tax collection screen.  If you have issues navigating this portion of the site, please contact the Treasurer's Office at 618-939-8681, x213.

Kevin Koenigstein, Monroe County Treasurer/Collector
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 213, Fax: 618-939-8704, treasurer@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tax Savings Programs

General Tax Savings

Citizens of Monroe County who own property have several programs available to reduce or assist in paying their real estate tax bills.

General Homestead Exemption

Homeowners can reduce their property assessment by $6,000. If you purchase a new home and plan to establish it as your primary residence, be sure to sign up for this exemption. To determine if you are currently receiving this exemption visit the parcel inquiry screen. For more information on qualifications or how to sign up for this exemption, contact the Assessor’s Office at 618-939-8681, ext. 290.

Homestead Improvement Exemption

If homeowners add-on or make improvements to their home, they can delay the increase in fair market value up to $75,000 for four years. The reduction in value for four years can result in significant savings to the taxpayer. To determine if you are receiving this exemption, please visit the parcel inquiry screen. If you are not receiving this exemption and have made improvement to your property, or are planning to make improvements, contact the Assessor’s Office at 618-939-8681, ext. 228.

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Contact (please note change in email addresses as of 7-25-17)

Criminal & Civil Jury Weeks (2017)

Please Note:  Each Docket Call is set on alternating weeks.

Dates Docket Call Wednesday 1:00 pm
January 17 (Tuesday)
January 30

January 4, 2017

March 13
March 27
March 1, 2017
June 5
June 19
May 17, 2017
August 14
August 28 
August 2, 2017
November 13
November 27
October 18, 2017

2017 Court Holidays

  • Monday, January 2, 2017
  • Monday, January 16, 2017
  • Monday, February 20, 2017
  • Friday,  April 14, 2017
  • Monday, May 29, 2017, 
  • Tuesday, July 4, 2017
  • Monday, September 4, 2017
  • Monday, October 9, 2017
  • Friday, November 10, 2017
  • Thursday, November 23, 2017
  • Friday, November 24, 2017
  • Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Monday, December 25, 2017

Senior Citizen Programs

Citizens of Monroe County who are 65 years of age or older and own their home have several programs available to reduce or assist in paying their real estate tax bills.

Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption

Property owners who are 65 years of age or older can reduce the assessed value of their property by an additional $5,000. If the taxpayer is 65 years of age or older and the property owned is their primary residence, they will qualify for this exemption. To determine if you are receiving this exemption please visit the parcel inquiry screen. If you are not receiving this exemption and you are 65 years of age or older, call the Assessor's Office at 618-939-8681, ext. 290 to find out how you can sign up.

Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze

Homeowners who are 65 years of age or older and have a maximum total household income of $55,000 or less, can freeze the taxable value of their property. Since this exemption is based on total household income, it is imperative that the homeowner sign up annually. To determine if this exemption was applied to your property please visit the parcel inquiry screen. If you would like to sign up for this exemption, contact the Assessor's Office at 618-939-8681, ext. 290.

 

 

Veterans & Disabled Citizens

Monroe County's Veterans' and Disabled persons also have several programs available to reduce or assist them in paying their real estate tax bill.

Disabled Person's Homestead Exemption

Qualifying disabled persons can reduce the equalized assessed value of their property by $2,000. There are certain qualifications and documents that must be provided in order to receive this exemption. Once the disabled person qualifies and receives this exemption, they must file an application by the county's due date annually to continue receiving the exemption. To find out if you qualify and what documentation is required, please contact the Assessor's Office at 618-939-8681, ext. 290.

Returning Veterans' Homestead Exemption

Qualifying property owners who are returning veterans from active duty in an armed conflict involving the armed forces of the United States can receive exemptions for two consecutive tax years, the year the veteran returns from active duty and the following year,  a $5,000 reduction in their property's equalized assessed value. Certain documentation is required and the veteran must file an application upon their return home. For more information, please contact the Assessor's Office at 618-939-8681, ext. 290.

Disabled Veterans' Homestead Exemption

A property owner who is a qualifying disabled veteran can reduce their property's equalized assessed value up to $100,000 for federally-approved, specially adapted housing available through the local Veterans' Affairs Office. Certain limitations apply and documentation is required. Since this exemption is provided through the Veterans' Administration, please contact your local Veterans' Affairs Office for more information.  The amount of exemption depends on the percentage of the service-connected disability as certified by the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs.  A qualified veteran with a service-connected disability of at least 30% but less than 50% will receive a $2,500 reduction in EAV; if a veteran has a service-connected disability of 50% but less than 70%, the annual exemption is $5,000; and if the veteran has a service-connected disability of 70% or more, the residential property is exempt from taxation.  

The property owner must apply for this exemption annually by the county's due date and provide certain documentation. For more information regarding the qualifications and types of documentation required, please contact the Assessor's Office at 618-939-8681, ext. 290.

Kevin Koenigstein, Monroe County Treasurer/Collector
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 213, Fax: 618-939-8704, treasurer@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Delinquent Tax Sales

Annual Delinquent Tax Sale

The Annual Delinquent Tax Sale occurs near the end of Monroe County's fiscal year which is November 30. According to Illinois State Law, all taxes must be collected and distributed to the taxing bodies within the county by the end of its fiscal year. If taxes are delinquent, the Treasurer/Collector must "sell" the taxes, not the property, in order to collect and distribute the amount due the taxing bodies.

The Annual Delinquent Tax Sale occurs near the end of Monroe County's fiscal year which is November 30. According to Illinois State Law, all taxes must be collected and distributed to the taxing bodies within the county by the end of its fiscal year. If taxes are delinquent, the Treasurer/Collector must "sell" the taxes, not the property, in order to collect and distribute the amount due the taxing bodies.

To redeem the taxes, a property owner must pay the total amount of taxes due, including subsequent year's taxes if delinquent, interest and penalties to the Monroe County Treasurer/Collector.

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Kevin Koenigstein, Monroe County Treasurer/Collector
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 213, Fax: 618-939-8704, treasurer@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

County Audits

Kevin Koenigstein, Monroe County Treasurer/Collector
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 213, Fax: 618-939-8704, treasurer@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

County Budgets

2018 Budget

Kevin Koenigstein, Monroe County Treasurer/Collector
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 213, Fax: 618-939-8704, treasurer@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Distribution Summaries

Kevin Koenigstein, Monroe County Treasurer/Collector
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 213, Fax: 618-939-8704, treasurer@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Distribution Pie Chart

To view a chart of how your real estate taxes are spent, please click on this link - 2015 Distribution Pie Chart

Kevin Koenigstein, Monroe County Treasurer/Collector
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 213, Fax: 618-939-8704, treasurer@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Forms/Data

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Kevin Koenigstein, Monroe County Treasurer/Collector
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 213, Fax: 618-939-8704, treasurer@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Links

Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF)

The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund provides employees of local governments and school districts with a system for retirement benefits.

 GovPayNet.com is available for payments. Click here.

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Contact (please note change in email addresses as of 7-25-17)

Criminal & Civil Jury Weeks (2017)

Please Note:  Each Docket Call is set on alternating weeks.

Dates Docket Call Wednesday 1:00 pm
January 17 (Tuesday)
January 30

January 4, 2017

March 13
March 27
March 1, 2017
June 5
June 19
May 17, 2017
August 14
August 28 
August 2, 2017
November 13
November 27
October 18, 2017

2017 Court Holidays

  • Monday, January 2, 2017
  • Monday, January 16, 2017
  • Monday, February 20, 2017
  • Friday,  April 14, 2017
  • Monday, May 29, 2017, 
  • Tuesday, July 4, 2017
  • Monday, September 4, 2017
  • Monday, October 9, 2017
  • Friday, November 10, 2017
  • Thursday, November 23, 2017
  • Friday, November 24, 2017
  • Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Monday, December 25, 2017

Illinois Department of Revenue

This is the State of Illinois' website where you can look up sales tax and issues pertaining to real estate taxes (i.e., find state statutes, etc.).

Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.

Western Egyptian is a multi-county, not-for-profit service organization providing a range of services and activities which utilize all available resources to deal with problems of th elow income and disadvantaged residents.

University of Illinois Extension-Monroe County

The U of I Extension of Monroe County plans and conducts high quality and diversified educational programs and resources that pertain to the economic, community and social development of Monroe County.

Illinois State Police

The Illinois State Police website may be used to apply for a Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card, to check for information regarding Illinois State Parks as well as crime, safety, and traffic information. This site also provides the State's sex offenders list.

US Census Bureau

The Census maintains 'Quick Facts' about Monroe County

Kevin Koenigstein, Monroe County Treasurer/Collector
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 213, Fax: 618-939-8704, treasurer@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.