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06/09/2021
Treasurer's Office
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas presents her new Lithuanian brochure at the Balzekas Museum
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06/08/2021
Treasurer's Office
Pappas unveils new online tool to weigh government debt burden on individual property owners
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06/03/2021
Treasurer's Office
Cook County Treasurer Pappas presents new informational brochure in Romanian with community leaders
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06/01/2021
Treasurer's Office
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas presents her new informational brochure in Polish with community leaders
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05/20/2021
Treasurer's Office
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas honors St. Cyril and St. Methodius with Bulgarian community leaders
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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.