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REVENUE35 ILCS 200/11-90
(35 ILCS 200/) Property Tax Code.
(35 ILCS 200/11-90)
Each year every railroad company in this
State shall return to the Department, in addition to any other information
required by this Code, sworn statements or schedules as follows:
(a) The amount of capital stock authorized and the
total number of shares of capital stock.
(b) The amount of capital stock issued and
(c) The market value, or if no market value then the
estimated value, of the shares of stock outstanding.
(d) The total amount of all bonds outstanding and all
(e) The market value, or if no market value then the
estimated value, of all bonds outstanding and all other indebtedness.
(f) A statement in detail of the entire gross
receipts and net earnings of the company during the 5 calendar years preceding the assessment date within this State, and of the entire system from all sources.
(g) The length of the first, second, third and other
main tracks and all side tracks and turnouts showing the proportions within this State and elsewhere.
(h) The reproduction cost of the property within
Illinois and the total reproduction cost of all property of the company. The reproduction cost, so far as applicable, shall be as last determined by the United States Interstate Commerce Commission, or other competent authority, plus additions and betterments, less retirements and depreciation to the December 31 preceding the assessment date.
(i) An enumeration and classification of all rolling
stock and car equipment owned or leased by the company. The classification shall show type of equipment and circumstances of ownership and use. The enumeration shall include rolling stock used over the track of other companies under any trackage right agreement. All other property used in connection with a trackage right agreement shall be listed.
(j) Any other information the Department may require
to determine the fair cash value of the property of any railroad company, or necessary to carry out the provisions of this Code, including information pertaining to any potential increases in the property's overall valuation that is directly attributable to the investment, improvement, replacement, or expansion of railroad operating property on or after January 1, 2010, through State or federal governmental programs, including cooperative agreements, necessary for higher speed passenger rail transportation through December 31, 2029.
Such statements or schedules shall conform to the instructions and forms
prescribed by the Department.
In cases where a railroad company uses property owned by another, the return
shall be made by the using company and all property operated under one control
shall be returned as provided above.
(Source: P.A. 101-186, eff. 8-2-19.)
35 ILCS 200/11-95
(35 ILCS 200/11-95)
Listing of non-carrier real estate.
Every railroad company
subject to assessment in this State shall annually return to the Department a
list of its non-carrier real estate in this State, providing its description,
the current assessed value, and the estimated true value of all non-carrier
real estate both within and outside of this State, and any other information
the Department may require. The Department shall examine the list and make
whatever additions or alterations it may find necessary, and transmit to the
proper assessing officials of each county in which non-carrier real estate is
located, the list described above, together with any other information it
considers pertinent. If additions or alterations to the list are made by the
Department, the revised list shall also be sent to the reporting carrier. The
proper assessing officials of each county shall then assess the non-carrier
real estate in the same manner as similar locally assessed property belonging
to individuals, except that it shall be treated as property belonging to
railroads. If any parcels are not platted, any description is sufficient which
would enable a competent surveyor to locate the property.
Property listed as non-carrier real estate shall also include the property
index number in counties where such a numbering system has been adopted.
(Source: P.A. 84-777; 84-1013; 88-455.)
35 ILCS 200/11-100
(35 ILCS 200/11-100)
Proration of value; property outside of State.
If any railroad
company owns or uses operating property partly within and partly outside of
this State, the Department shall determine the value of the entire operating
property of the railroad but shall take only that part of the entire value as
is represented by the average percentage of (a) the length of all track
including main, second and additional main track, side track and turnouts
within this State, (b) its gross revenues arising from railroad operations in
this State, (c) the reproduction cost of its operating property within this
State, as determined by the Interstate Commerce Commission of the United
States, or other competent authority, plus additions and betterments, less
retirements and depreciation. Nothing in this section shall be construed to
preclude the use or substitution of other factors or methods as may appear
reasonable and necessary in determining the proportion of a railroad's
operating property within this State.
(Source: Laws 1939, p. 886; P.A. 88-455.)
35 ILCS 200/11-105
(35 ILCS 200/11-105)
Description of railroad track.
The right of way, including the
superstructures of first, second, third and other main tracks and all side
tracks and turnouts, and the stations and improvements of the railroad company
on the right of way and all other taxable operating property of the railroad
company shall be denominated "railroad track" and shall be so listed and
valued. "Railroad track" shall be described in the assessment thereof as a
strip of land extending on each side of the track and embracing the same,
together with all the stations and improvements and other taxable operating
property thereon, commencing where the track crosses the boundary line in
entering the taxing district, and extending to where the track crosses the
boundary line leaving the taxing district, or to the point of termination in
the district, as the case may be, containing .... acres, more or less
(inserting name of taxing district, boundary line of same, and number of acres
and length in miles), and when advertised or sold for taxes no other
description is necessary. Where a railroad company has taxable operating
property in taxing districts in which it owns or uses no tracks or trackage
rights, the property shall be described the same as similar property belonging
(Source: P.A. 81-1stSS-1; 88-455.)
35 ILCS 200/11-110
(35 ILCS 200/11-110)
Certification of railroad assessments.
The equalized assessed
value of the operating property of every railroad company subject to
assessment, when determined as prescribed in Section 11-80, shall be listed and
taxed in the several taxing districts in the proportion that the length of all
the track owned or used in such taxing district bears to the whole length of
all the track owned or used in this state, except the value of all buildings of
an original cost exceeding $1,000, which are considered to have a situs in the
taxing district in which they are located. Where any railroad company operates
in this State, in whole or in part over the tracks of another company, under
any trackage right agreement, the value of the trackage rights, including the
other taxable operating property (except buildings of an original cost
exceeding $1,000) used or connected therewith, shall be taxed in each taxing
district in the proportion that the length of all the track so used under the
agreement, in the taxing district bears to the whole length of all the track so
used in this state. Where a railroad company holds taxable operating property
in a taxing district, and owns or uses no tracks, or trackage rights in that
district, the property shall be taxed in the taxing district.
The Department shall distribute the equalized assessed value of the taxable
property of every railroad company (other than non-carrier real estate), when
determined as prescribed in Section 11-80, to the respective taxing districts
entitled to it and shall certify the same to the county clerks of the
respective counties, who shall extend taxes against those values the same as
against other property in the taxing districts.
(Source: P.A. 81-1stSS-1; 88-455.)
35 ILCS 200/11-115
(35 ILCS 200/11-115)
Failure to file schedules.
In case any railroad company
neglects to return to the Department any statements or schedules required to be
returned to the Department, within the time required, the Department shall
proceed to assess the property of the railroad company according to its best
information and judgment at 33 1/3% of its fair cash value, and may add to the
valuation thereof an amount equal to 50% of the valuation. If good cause is
shown, the Department may, in its discretion, grant reasonable extensions of
time for filing any required statement or schedule.
Anyone who makes any statement or schedule to the Department and wilfully
swears falsely in any material matter shall be guilty of perjury and punished
No railroad company wilfully refusing or neglecting to return any information
required by this Code shall be heard to object to the legality of its
assessment in any court of this state.
(Source: P.A. 79-703; 88-455.)
35 ILCS 200/11-120
(35 ILCS 200/11-120)
Platting by railroad company.
When any railroad company makes
or records a plat of any contiguous lots or parcels of land belonging to it,
they may be described as designated on the plat.
(Source: Laws 1939, p. 886; P.A. 88-455.)