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Homeowners 'Encouraged' to Appeal Property Tax Assessment

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin is encouraging Niles Township homeowners to appeal their property tax assessment for the 2012 tax year. Meanwhile, there will be a property tax seminar in Morton Grove on Jan. 31.

Homeowners in Niles Township are being encouraged to appeal their property tax assessment to the Cook County Board of Review for the 2012 tax year, said Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin in a press release on Monday.

“The Cook County Board of Review’s Office opened on Jan. 7, 2013 for Niles Township homeowners to appeal their property tax assessment for 2012," Suffredin said in a press release. "Niles [Township] homeowners can potentially reduce their assessment, which could reduce their tax liabilities for taxes payable in August of 2013. I strongly encourage homeowners to appeal, as it is the best way for ensuring that your property taxes remain as low as possible.”

Those looking to file an appeal in person may do so at the Skokie Office of the Cook County Board of Review, located in room 155 of the Skokie Courthouse, 5600 Old Orchard Rd. You can also file an appeal online by clicking here.

Upcoming property tax seminar -

There will be a property tax seminar at the Morton Grove Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St., on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by Lou Lang (D-Skokie), Commissioner Suffredin and Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi.

Among the talking points of the seminar are how to file a property tax assessment appeal, and other property tax topics, according to the press release.

The deadline to appeal is Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

Niles Township includes the villages of Skokie, Lincolnwood and Golf, and sections of Morton Grove, Niles and Glenview.

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Carol Ann January 29, 2013 at 05:32 PM
The reason why 95% of homeowners do NOT challenge their assessments is because, re-assessements are no guarantee your property taxes will go down and they may go up, instead, the process can cost you a lot of money [to your lawyer and time lost from your life and/or work], and as in counties like Monroe County, Pa. the property tax appeals board members are employees of the assessor's office. Also, most homeowners don't know how much their property taxes are because, 1/12th of the tax is paid every month as a portion of their mortgage payment. Their mortgage servicer charges them a fee to escrow the tax and pay it to the tax collector when it's due. Homeowners without a mortgage notice the property taxes more easily because, they may be retired and have to write the check themselves from what's likely a fixed income. .................... In Pennsylvania, in recent years, 76 taxpayer advocacy groups formed a coalition, the PTCC (Pa Taxpayers Cyber Coalition) and working with dozens of state legislatures, have created HB/SB76 which abolishes school board's and government's authority to seize your house, and shifts public school funding away from property owners and into the pockets of every shopper and working person, widening the tax base, and vastly lowering the burden by reducing the potential liability to a few hundred dollars a year per person verses the several thousand dollars now paid per person in Pennsylvania.
rzdw92 January 29, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Translation: we in charge of Cook County know that the system used to calculate property tax bills is terribly broken and that most of the property tax bills we just sent out are inaccurate. We have no intention of fixing things any time soon so if you want a correct bill, the burden's on you. File an appeal.

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