Latest News
03/13/2019
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: 57,000 Property Owners Are Running Out of Time to Pay Nearly $190 Million in Delinquent Taxes to Avoid Sale
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02/19/2019
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: 136,000 Public Employees Work in Cook County, While 127,000 Draw Pensions
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02/14/2019
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: 1,000 Senior Citizen Homes Being Sold for Taxes
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01/31/2019
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: Why are your Cook County Property Taxes so High? Tax Bills Give the Answer
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12/28/2018
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: Find Out if Your Tax Bills Have Been Returned at cookcountytreasurer.com
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The Property Tax System
1. PROPERTY TAX BASE
The Assessor assesses all real estate located throughout the County and establishes a fair market value for each property.
2. APPEALS
Appeals are accepted and decisions reached on changes to a property’s assessment, classification, or exemptions.
3. PROPERTY TAX RATES
The Clerk determines the tax rates based on the levy ordinances passed by taxing agencies and applies the rates to the assessments recieved for the Assessor to determine the amount of property tax owed.
4. BILLING AND PAYMENT
The Treasurer mails out property tax bills and collects the money.
5. FUNDING OF LOCAL TAXING AUTHORITIES
The Treasurer distributes the money to over 2200 local taxing agencies, including the County, cities, schools and special districts.