Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Assessor warns Cook County seniors: double check your tax bill

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Daily Herald
by Jamie Sotonoff

Cook County homeowners over age 65 should double-check the second installment of their 2010 tax bills when they arrive in the mail next week to make sure they are getting the savings from their senior citizen exemptions.


Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios said many people might not be aware of a new state law that requires them to reapply annually for the senior citizen exemption.


Those who failed to apply still can file to get the exemption, but they’ll have to pay their property taxes and then wait for a partial refund.


Berrios said his office mailed out 300,000 reminder notices to people who applied for exemptions last year, followed up with postcards to those who did not respond, and hosted more than 100 outreach sessions on the subject. But 55,000 people never responded. While some may have moved or passed away, Berrios believes many seniors still don’t know they had to reapply and will lose out in hundreds of dollars worth of tax savings.


When the bills arrive in the mail next week, it’s important to look on the right side of the bill and see the list of exemptions as well as the dollar amount of savings, he said.


“If you look at that number and it says zero, you need to call us or go to one of our offices,” said Cook County assessor’s office spokeswoman Kelley Quinn. “If they forgot to file for their senior exemption, then they won’t get their homeowners exemption.”


Seniors receiving the senior citizen exemption automatically qualify for the homeowner exemption, and do not have to apply for it separately, Quinn said.


A senior exemption is available to Cook County homeowners ages 65 and up, and reduces their equalized assessed value on the second installment of their annual property tax bills, thus lowering the amount of taxes owed.


“At this time, when people are struggling to pay their bills, every dollar counts,” Quinn said.


Assessors offices are located in Cook County courthouses in Rolling Meadows, Skokie, Bridgeview and Markham, as well as in Chicago.


The new law requiring seniors to reapply was meant to prevent fraud, and this is the first year the law has been in effect.


Berrios is trying to get the law overturned, adding that his office has spent $250,000 trying to educate people about the change.


“In addition to the cost, the annual application process is an unnecessary hardship for seniors, when they have already proven that they meet the age and residency requirements necessary to receive the exemption,” Berrios said in a statement.


Besides the senior citizen and homeowner exemptions, eligible homeowners may also receive the senior freeze, returning veterans’, disabled veterans’, disabled persons’ and longtime occupant exemptions. Qualifications for each exemption may be found on cookcountyassessor.com or by contacting the assessor’s office at (312) 443-7550.


Eligible homeowners who are missing exemptions still must pay their taxes but can file to receive the exemption and a partial tax refund. To do so, download an exemption certificate of error form at the assessor’s website, or call the office to request a form be mailed.



Read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110927/news/709279782/#ixzz1ZFzXx9Qi


Recent Headlines

Berrios relatives risk injury for right to crowd county payroll
Tuesday, July 29, 2104
Chicago Sun-Times

Forest Preserve HQ plans expansion in River Forest
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Records falsified in Metra work logs
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Chicago Tribune

How we shaft the mentally ill
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Chicago Tribune

County Board Of Review To Digitize, Streamline Property Tax Appeals System
Monday, July 28, 2014
Journal Online

Three DUI arrests, revoked license — still on sheriff's payroll
Monday, July 28, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County approves road projects for upcoming years
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Northwest Indiana Times

Palatine, County Forest Preserve To Partner Up
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Palatine Journal Online

Man dies following beating at Cook County Jail
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Health Board selects new leaders
Friday, July 25, 2014
Crain's Chicago Business

The PrivateBank pledges $10 million to the Cook County Land Bank
Friday, July 25, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Commissioners switch votes, rehire erstwhile contractor
Friday, July 25, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Board adds two questions to packed fall ballot
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Cook County to cut buildings' carbon emissions
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Fox 32 Chicago

Cook County Board sends assault weapons referendum to the ballot
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County mulls fund-of-funds investment, other changes
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Pensions & Investments

Forest Preserves of Cook County to get expertise, guidance from new Policy Council
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Special to suffredin.org

Preserves and parks offering memorial trees and benches — for a price
Monday, July 21, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Community leaders, sheriff aim to help mentally ill inmates
Monday, July 21, 2014
FOX 32 Chicago

TIF Revenue Down 2 Percent in Suburban Cook Co.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Palatine Patch

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP