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12/11/2017
Treasurer's Office
Pappas makes it easier than ever to prepay next year’s taxes
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10/05/2017
Assessors Office
Cook County Implements New Exemption Policies As Legislation Crafted by Assessor Joseph Berrios Becomes Law
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06/30/2017
Treasurer's Office
Web Payments for Property Taxes Jump 13.2%, Pappas Says
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01/30/2017
Treasurer's Office
Property Tax Bills Due March 1 Show Local Government Debt, Pappas Says
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12/05/2016
Treasurer's Office
Many Cook County Pension Funds Have More Retirees Collecting Than Workers Paying in, Pappas Says
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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.