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Slowik: Changing tax system is best way to help Southland, Cook County assessor tells group

Friday, January 25, 2019
Chicago Tribune
by Ted Slowik

 

Slowik: Changing tax system is best way to help Southland, Cook County assessor tells group

South suburban homeowners and business leaders have long warned that Cook County’s high property taxes were squeezing the life out of communities.

High costs were driving people and commerce into neighboring Will County and Indiana, they said. Hard economic times, such as the 2008 financial crisis, seemed to hit people in the Southland worse than in other areas.

 

“When the rest of the county gets a cold, you get pneumonia here,” Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi told a group of more than 100 people during a Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation forum Friday at Glenwoodie Golf Club in Glenwood.

Hopes are high for Kaegi, who took office on Dec. 3 after winning election in November. He campaigned on a platform of reform and promised to bring fairness, ethics and transparency to the assessor’s office.


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