Cook County tax appeals at Dec. 10 meeting

Property taxes too high? East Village homeowners have until Dec. 18 to challenge their assessments, and the process is easier than ever. The Cook County Board of Review now takes complaints online.

Property owners can learn more at the East Village Association's Dec. 10 meeting from Aaron Bilton, chief of staff to Commissioner Michael Cabonargi and a former EVA president. Bilton will be the guest speaker at 7pm in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. Complaint forms will be available and appeals will be accepted at the meeting.

EVA's annual party is coming in 2013, with planning led by Peter Locke and Gladys Anselmo. Setting the date is on the agenda for EVA's board at 6:30pm before the membership meeting. There is no meeting Dec. 3.

In a March 2011 EVA presentation, Bilton noted that homeowner and senior exemptions now must be applied for every year. Appeal tips are offered in a property tax fact sheet from local realtor and EVA board member Greg Nagel.

Appeals do not require a lawyer, and county workers can do the research. You do not need to take time off for a hearing or submit a list of property-value "comps." All that's needed is an address and a signature. The property index number for your address is helpful, though. It's on your tax bill or online at the county assessor.)

“By moving the appeal process online, the Board of Review is leveling the playing field for taxpayers, giving everyone the opportunity to voice their concerns and receive a fair assessment,” Cabonargi said in a statement. Last year the board reviewed more than 380,000 appeals.

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