(35 ILCS 200/11-80)
Assessment procedure for railroad companies.
the taxable property of any railroad company, the Department shall first
determine 33 1/3% of the fair cash value of all the property of any railroad
company as a unit, but shall make due allowance for any non-carrier real estate
and all personalty.
The Department shall take into consideration the actual or market value of
the shares of stock outstanding, the actual or market value of all bonds
outstanding and all other indebtedness as is applicable, for operating the
road. In determining the market value of the stock or indebtedness the
Department shall consider quotations for the 5 years preceding the assessment
date; the net earnings of the company during the 5 calendar years preceding the
assessment date; and such other information as the Department may consider as
bearing on the fair cash value of the property. The valuation by the
Department shall include capital stock and all other property of railroad
companies, except non-carrier real estate. The above facts shall not be
conclusive upon the Department in determining 33 1/3% of the fair cash value of
the property of a railroad company.
The Department shall determine the equalized assessed value of the taxable
property of every railroad company by applying to its determination of 33 1/3%
of the fair cash value of the property an equalization factor equal to the
statewide average ratio of the equalized assessed value of locally assessed
property to 33 1/3% of the fair cash value of such locally assessed property.
The Department shall assess the value of all operating property acquired by a
railroad company or its wholly-owned subsidiary by trade with a municipality,
which is situated in a state contiguous to Illinois, at no greater value than
the value of the operating property traded to the municipality for the property
by the railroad company. The value shall be that value established for the
year immediately preceding the calendar year of the trade. The assessment
shall not increase, but may decrease, during the 10 years following the
calendar year of the trade.
(Source: P.A. 86-173; 86-905; 86-1028; 88-455.)