Schaller’s Pump: A Cook County Property Tax Cautionary Tale

Cook County Property Taxes & Schaller's PumpUp until April 29, 2017, Schaller’s Pump had been the oldest continuously run Chicago tavern, having survived Prohibition, the Great Depression, two world wars, and the Great Recession, until Cook County property taxes put it out of business.

What can Schaller’s Pump teach homeowners about property taxes? Simply this: before you buy a home, be sure to understand its history of property taxes, exemptions and property tax appeals.
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Cook County 2017 2nd Installment Property Tax Bills Loom Large

Cook County Property Tax BillAs we all await the dreaded second installment of our 2017 property tax bills, two concerns arise for what we’ll find in our mailbox:

  1. The brunt of Rahm Emanuel’s $588 million property tax hikes have not been fully applied to previous tax bills
  2. The population in Cook County is decreasing at the highest pace of any county in the nation, which means that taxes have to be paid by fewer people

Here’s what’s going on and what you can do about it for relief.
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Maine Township 2017 Assessment Notices Mailed

2017 assessment notices for Maine Township were mailed by the Assessor’s office on May 11th. Appeals are now being accepted by the Assessor’s office for property owners in Maine Township. The deadline to file an appeal of your assessed value is June 12th.Maine

Maine is part of the north suburb group which was reassessed in 2016. It is possible to appeal your assessed value every year, and in our opinion a good idea to at least review your assessment annually since the housing market and valuations are always changing. Contact us and we are happy to offer you a free professional analysis on whether or not an appeal of your assessed value in 2017 makes sense for you.

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Lemont Township 2017 Reassessment Notices Mailed

Lemont reassessment notices for tax year 2017 were mailed on May 8th by the Cook County Assessor’s office. The window to appeal your assessment at the Assessor’s office is now open. The Assessor’s deadline for filing 2017 appeals is June 9th.Lemont

Townships in Cook County are divided into three groups for reassessment purposes. Each of those groups is reassessed every three years by the Assessor. The triennial reassessment schedule can be found here. The complete 2017 Lemont valuation statistics from the Assessor can be found here.

If you appeal your assessment in a reassessment year you may be able to lock in multiple years of savings. Contact us for more information and for a free analysis and opinion on the strength of an appeal argument for your specific property.

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Assessor Mails 2017 Reassessment Notices to Berwyn

The Cook County Assessor’s office mailed 2017 triennial reassessment notices for Berwyn Township on Friday April 28th. If you own property in Berwyn Township the month long window to appeal your assessed value at the Assessor’s office is now open with a deadline of May 30th.Berwyn Township

Cook County townships are split into three groups for reassessment purposes. Each group is reassessed every three years by the Assessor’s office. You can find the triennial reassessment schedule here.

Appealing your assessed value in a reassessment year is a great opportunity to lock in multiple years of property tax savings. Contact us and we can provide a free professional analysis on the strength of a potential appeal argument for your property.

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Property Taxes Too High? Two Recommendations

Property Tax RecommendationsIs anyone happy with property taxes in Chicago, Cook County or anywhere in Chicagoland? If so, they’d be the first.

But what can we do about it? Aren’t we supposed to just take it… or move?

If you’re unhappy with your property taxes, and are not planning on moving anytime soon, there are two things that you should regularly do for relief.
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Assessment Notices Mailed To Elk Grove Township

Assessment notices for tax year 2017 were mailed by the Cook County Assessor’s office to Elk Grove Township. The Assessor’s office is now accepting 2017 property tax appeals for Elk Grove. The deadline to file an appeal of your assessment at the Assessor’s office is May 24th.cook seal v2

Elk Grove was reassessed in 2016. However, you have the right to appeal your assessment every year, regardless of the reassessment year. Given the ever changing housing market and valuations we believe it is in your best interest to review your assessment each year to examine whether or not you have a strong case for an appeal. Contact us today and we can offer you a free professional analysis on whether or not an appeal makes sense for you in 2017.

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Bremen Township 2017 Reassessment Notices Mailed

2017 triennial reassessment notices for Bremen Township were mailed by the Cook County Assessor’s office on Monday April 17th. The 30 day window to file an appeal at the Assessor’s office is now open with a deadline of May 17th.Bremen township image

Cook County townships are reassessed on a triennial basis. Bremen is in the south suburban group which is being reassessed in 2017. The Assessor’s office lists complete Bremen valuation statistics here.

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Lake View Township Assessment Notices Mailed

Lake View Township assessment notices have been mailed by the Cook County Assessor’s office. The 30 day window to appeal your property’s assessed value is now open. The deadline to file an appeal at the Assessor’s office is May 10th.Lake View

Cook County townships are divided into 3 groups for the purposes of triennial reassessments. Lake View is in the city group which was reassessed in 2015 and will next be reassessed in 2018. If you missed your opportunity to appeal in 2015 or 2016 this is your last opportunity to appeal your assessment before you are reassessed in 2018. Due to a constantly changing market we believe it is in your interest to thoroughly review your assessment each year in order to determine whether an appeal makes sense or not.

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