A message from Commissioner John Fritchey:
Nobody wants to pay more in taxes than they are supposed to. If your property taxes are too high, you have every right to appeal them. Lakeview Township will soon open for appeals with the Cook County Board of Review, providing taxpayers in the township an opportunity to file an appeal of their taxes.
To help you with this process, I, and Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi, will be hosting an appeals workshop to answer any questions you may have and to assist you with filing an appeal. Details are as follows:
- When: Thursday, October 20, 6:00-8:00pm
- Where: Saint Luke, 1500 West Belmont Ave
- What: Representatives from the Board of Review will explain the appeals process, answer questions and assist taxpayers in filing their appeals.
**Please remember to bring your most recent property tax bill**
For more information, please call Bridget
at 773-871-4000 or e-mail email@example.com
Understanding Your Property Tax Bill
It’s that time of year again…property tax bills are making their way into your mailboxes. Because many of you may have seen the assessed value of your home go down, you might feel a sense of sticker shock when your property tax bill has increased. Or maybe your assessment stayed the same, but your bill grew sharply.
As a way to help my constituents understand why this might be happening, I want to provide this property tax overview to answer some questions you may have.
Taxing districts – from schools and parks to libraries and cities – need money to operate. They get this money from property taxes.
Generally speaking, from one year to the next, tax levies will remain the same regardless of changes in property values. Taxing districts still need money to cover their bills even though home values in the area may have gone down (the same holds true if home values increase).
If my property value assessment went down,
why are my property taxes going up?
An assessment is basically an estimate of what a piece of property is worth. This valuation of the property helps decide what part of the local property tax levy will be billed to the property – basically, it helps the Clerk figure out who pays what. But remember, your assessment is only part of the overall equation…
Tax rates are calculated by using the amount of dollars levied by the taxing district, the value of all taxable property located within its boundaries, and a state-issued equalization factor.
There are two main reasons your property taxes
may have gone up this year:
1. The major City of Chicago taxing districts have asked for a 3.4% increase in property tax revenue – going from $2.001 billion last year to $2.118 billion this year. Much of the overall increase is due to the Chicago Board of Education asking for a $117 million dollar increase in funding. To put it in simple terms, if the whole pie gets bigger, so may your slice…
2. The Alternative Homeowners Exemption (also known as the 7% Homeowner’s Exemption), is decreasing per state law and will be fully phased out in 2 years. As the temporary exemption is phased out, the relief provided by it gets smaller.