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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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01/05/2021
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: Which properties have the biggest property tax increases since 2000? If you didn’t vote … Don’t complain.
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12/10/2020
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: Areas high in delinquent property taxes lose residents, pay larger tax increases and have the most violent crime
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12/04/2020
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: Get an early look at next year’s property taxes; Download your bill 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.