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09/13/2021
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: 36,000 properties are part of Cook County’s first Tax Sale in more than two years, and 19,000 owe less than $1,000
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08/23/2021
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: Check your mailbox for Second Installment property tax bills
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08/17/2021
Treasurer's Office
2020 Cook County property tax analysis: A heavier burden for businesses, Black and Latino suburban property owners
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08/10/2021
Treasurer's Office
Pappas to tour local businesses in South Austin and Forest Park this week
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06/15/2021
Treasurer's Office
Pappas and ABC 7 Chicago team up to host "Black and Latino Houses Matter" Phone Bank on June 16
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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.