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03/24/2020
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: Auction of delinquent Cook County property taxes postponed indefinitely
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03/20/2020
Recorder of Deeds Office
Recorder of Deeds Office Closed Until April 6, 2020
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03/20/2020
Clerk’s Office
Clerk’s Office Closed Until Further Notice
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03/19/2020
Assessors Office
Assessor Suspends Assessment Notice Mailings and Deadlines
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03/16/2020
County Building
Public Access Limited to County Building
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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.