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04/30/2021
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: 203,472 people must pay Cook County property taxes by May 3
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04/21/2021
Treasurer's Office
Pappas reminds taxpayers: Pay First Installment Cook County property taxes through May 3 with no late fee
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02/25/2021
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: Cook County Board passes ordinance to bring transparency to TIF spending
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02/01/2021
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: Pay First Installment Cook County property taxes through May 3 with no late fee
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01/12/2021
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: Are you a senior citizen struggling to pay Cook County property taxes? This tax relief program can help.
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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 received 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.