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Get Help With Property Tax Appeal Thursday

Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Niles Morton Grove Patch
by Pam DeFiglio

Here's some rare good news regarding property taxes: Maine Township residents have had their deadline to file appeals extended to May 20, and representatives from the Cook County assessor's office will help residents with appeals at an outreach in Niles Thursday evening.

The deadline to file appeals was originally May 8, but Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios extended it to allow victims of the April 18 flooding more time to make their appeals, his office said. The new deadline applies to all Maine Township residents, not just those who flooded.

The village of Niles invited taxpayers to a Property Tax Appeal Workshop Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Niles Park District's Oasis Fun Center, 7877 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Niles.

Representatives from the assessor's office will be available to help residents discuss their property tax relief options, the village said. It's recommended to bring your last tax bill or your assessment notice.

If you experienced flooding in the April 18 storm and would like to see if you qualify for additional property tax relief, the village suggests you bring:

  • An insurance claim
  • Photos of the flooding
  • An inventory of damage
  • Anything else you think may be helpful

The village is urging owners with substantial structural building damage affecting market value to apply for assessment reductions.

Each year, the Cook County Assessor’s Office reassesses one-third of the properties in the county, it said. The process is called triennial reassessment.

This year, the assessor’s office is reassessing properties in the townships located in north and west suburban Cook County, the assessor's office said in a statement.

Most homes will see a reduction in property value in this reassessment. The median assessed value for residential homes fell to 25,322 in 2013, from 29,766 in 2010 -- a median percentage change of 15.82%, the office said.

Reassessment notices contain proposed values that will be reflected on second-installment tax bills, which will be due in the summer of 2014. The time to file an appeal is now, however, when reassessment notices are received, Berrios' office said.

Berrios stressed that homeowners do not need an attorney to file an appeal.

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