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Property Tax Bills Coming Soon to a Cook County Mailbox Near You

November 09, 2010

Cook County property tax bills are going out this week without the big increase that Chicago homeowners had feared.

I remember when the announcement came out that Chicago real estate property tax bills were going to be sent out late this year.

Tax calculatorThere were whispers that officials delayed sending the bills so voters wouldn’t be as angry going to the polls on November 2.

I’m happy to report that those Cook County property tax bills, which will start going out on Wednesday, will not be going up dramatically in the city, and will actually rise less than .4 percent for the average homeowner.

Suburban Chicago homeowners didn’t get off as easy, however; average homeowners in Cook County suburbs can expect to see a 2.5 percent increase on their property tax bills.

While the bills are supposed to be mailed by August 1, they are usually late, though never this late. Last year they were sent on October 28. Payments this year will be due by December 13. Merry Christmas.

The next round of tax bills would be scheduled to be mailed out a mere seven weeks after that December 13 due date, but Cook County officials say they won’t hit the mailboxes until April 1, 2011.

When you get your Cook County property tax bill, you can pay it at any Chase Bank location, by mail or online. Then you can start saving for April.

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6 Comments

1

Well I’m happy that you’re happy because mine went up from $5200 last year to $6200 this year. This Crook County is forcing thousands already struggling to just give up. And I’m about to throw in the towel myself, I had enough. I was very happy 4 years ago paying $4200 in property taxes. What a joke this bill is and I just can’t wait for the next bill but soon maybe I won’t have to.

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Tracey

That’s harsh, I’m sorry. Time to protest your tax bill!

3

2.5% in the south suburbs, your kidding right? Try 11% in Tinley Park. I’m getting sick just thinking about it. I went from $6200 for a 1600 sq. ft. townhouse to just a hair under $7k. Not only has the value of my home dropped almost $50k in 3 yrs. if/when the real estate market does come back, I probably still won’t be able to sell, because who in their right mind would pay a ridiculous tax bill like this. When I finally leave Crook Co. in a few years, I won’t ever come back. They have and will continue to bleed you dry. Got to love how the tax bill went out after elections. Real class act.

4

Take a look at the above comments.

Lukas went up 19.2 %. Mark went up 12.9%

I also live in Tinley Park, and mine went up 15.75%. I agree with Mark. My wife and I are now determined to leave Tinley Park and Cook County once the real estate market recovers. How can a real estate tax bill increase by 13%, or 16%, or 19% in one year, and a year of recession at that? There is no justification.

The Cook County politicians have become robber barons.

Oh, and Tracey, you better take a refresher course in real estate tax law. You cannot “protest” your tax bill. Pay it or get your house sold in a tax lien sale.

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Tracey

I am no lawyer, and my terminology might be off, but we did get a lawyer, who in turn got us a price reduction on our taxes. Of course, after the lawyer fees, the reduction was minimal, but still. There is a recourse.

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