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Date Introduced: 9/6/2007
Date Passed:

Daley, Gorman, Goslin, Maldonado, Moreno, Murphy, Peraica, Quigley, Schneider, Silvestri, Sims, Steele-Robert, Suffredin


Ordinance to create Bulk Payment Correction Fee of $50.00.

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Referred to Committee on Finance.
Approved by Committee on Finance.

Full Text of Legislation:

WHEREAS, Cook County (the "County") is a home rule unit of local government pursuant to Article VII, Section 6(a) of the 1970 Illinois Constitution, and as such, may exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs; and


WHEREAS, the efficient operation of the County Treasurer’s Office pertains to the County’s government and affairs; and


WHEREAS, the Treasurer in her capacity as County Collector accepts bulk payment of property taxes on multiple parcels of property from a single mortgage lender or from the mortgage lender’s agent pursuant to the Tax Payment Agent (“TPA”) Program operated by her Office to promote efficiency in the tax collection process; and


WHEREAS, after receiving lump sum payment and the list of properties from the tax payment agent, the Treasurer undertakes the duty of crediting which tax payments made pursuant to this single transaction applies to the individual parcel of property listed in the computer tape or diskette submitted by the tax payment agent; and


WHEREAS, twice yearly, the Treasurer issues approximately 1.7 million tax bills within Cook County, and annually processes approximately 100,000 refund applications; and


WHEREAS, due to inaccurate listing of permanent index numbers by the tax payment agent, payment of taxes is not accurately reflected upon approximately 50,000 2,000 to 70,000 4,000 properties, which requires the Treasurer to make corrections and transfer payments; and


WHEREAS, the Treasurer’s resources must be employed to process the high volume of payment transfers requested by tax payment agents as a result of errors from the bulk payment process.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, that Chapter 74 Taxation, Article II Real Property Taxation, Division I Generally, Section 74-44 of the Cook County Code is hereby enacted as follows:



Sec. 74-44.  Bulk Payment Correction Fee.


            (a)  Definition.  In this section “tax payment agent” means:


(1)  a mortgage lender as defined in Section 74-41(a), or

(2)  a mortgage lenders’ agent that pays (either directly or through an agent) property taxes in bulk on behalf of mortgage lenders or property owners upon no fewer than 5000 properties per year.


            (b)  Fee.  The County Collector shall charge and collect from all tax payment agents a fee of $50.00 per request for transfer or correction of tax payment per parcel of property identified by a permanent index number.


            (c) Tax sale automation fund.  The County Collector shall deposit all fees collected under this section into the Tax Sale Automation Fund, as established in Section 74-40.


BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, that the Cook County Code, Chapter 32 Fees, Section 32-1 is hereby amended as follows:


Sec. 32-1.  Fee Schedule.


The fees or charges provided for or required by the below listed sections shall be as shown below:







Fees, Rates, Charges

(in dollars)




Bulk payment correction fee



Effective Date.  This ordinance shall take effect upon adoption.



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