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County sets one-stop web shopping for property tax data

Thursday, February 16, 2012
Crain's Chicago Business
by Greg Hinz

Got problems with your property tax bill?

Cook County is making it a bit easier to figure out whether you're being overbilled and, if so, to do something about it.

According to plans being announced today by board President Toni Preckwinkle and other officials, the county on April 1 will create a consolidated website to offer one-stop shopping for property tax information.

Right now, an aggrieved or questioning property owner has to go to one website to get a personal identification number, a second site to find out what the assessment is and a third to get the bill. Need a deed? Try website No. 4.

But when the Property Tax Portal goes live April 1, an owner will get five years of history, in linear form and on a single screen.

"No more laborious trips from one website to another to find out what you owe, what you paid or didn't pay, exemptions you should have, refunds waiting for you and so on," county Treasurer Maria Pappas said.

Also joining in the new program and participating at the press conference were county Assessor Joseph Berrios, Clerk David Orr, Recorder of Deeds Eugene Moore and Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi.

The treasurer's office spearheaded design of the portal, and financed it out of Ms. Pappas' current budget.

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