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Property zoned AG, can you build huge house and still have cheap taxes?

Seems like everything zoned AG has WAY cheaper taxes... say I have a 25 acre property zoned AG with a newer 3/1.75 3 car garage ranch and a couple outbuildings; taxes are only $2500. If I build a 8000 sq ft mansion, will my taxes still be cheap? The same mansion zoned not AG is around $12k/yr ptax.
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AG? Agricultural Use? I don't think any county assessor in IL would let you get away with this for more than 3 years (tri-annual assessment period).

Either that or your neighbor would turn you in.

Either that or you'd never get the permits to build to that scale.

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AG? Agricultural Use? I don't think any county assessor in IL would let you get away with this for more than 3 years (tri-annual assessment period).

Either that or your neighbor would turn you in.

Either that or you'd never get the permits to build to that scale.
about 20/25 acres is for farming (rented out) and would remain for farming afterwards... still a no-go?
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It depends on the county, and what you're willing to deal with to make it happen.

My cousin is zoned ag, just outside of Sycamore. He built a 5500 sqft house with only one bedroom. He has gotten away with it because the county only recognizes a room as a bedroom if it has a closet. You guessed it, no closets. He also built off of the existing foundation, making it a "remodel" instead of a new structure. He was reassessed for the sqft increase like it was a finished basement.




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I was talking to a guy aboput this a while back if I remeber correctly all you have to do is have 11 acres or more and have a farm. I believe he had some goats on the property which legally made it a farm.




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As said, it varies county to county. Some require a certain percentage set aside for yearly farming, some require livestock or horses on the property and some both.

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There ya go. I just wouldn't be surprised if it raises some eyebrows. Especially in rural areas that are undergoing development like Sycamore. In 10 years all that farmland will be gone out there. By then I'd imagine you'd be paying R-2 rates.

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Forgot about the animals. He has 2 horses, 4 pigs, 3 goats, on ostrich and seven kids.
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It depends on the county, and what you're willing to deal with to make it happen.

My cousin is zoned ag, just outside of Sycamore. He built a 5500 sqft house with only one bedroom. He has gotten away with it because the county only recognizes a room as a bedroom if it has a closet. You guessed it, no closets. He also built off of the existing foundation, making it a "remodel" instead of a new structure. He was reassessed for the sqft increase like it was a finished basement.




You have some research to do.

thats crazy!! good for him. his taxes are probably cheaper than a shitty condo in the city. it pays to do research
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