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06/16/2022
Treasurer's Office
Black Men United, Treasurer Maria Pappas and Candace Jordan to give away random gifts of kindness this Fathers Day on Michigan Avenue
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06/09/2022
Treasurer's Office
Pappas and ABC 7 Chicago to honor Juneteenth by hosting sixth Black and Latino Houses Matter phone bank on June 15
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05/04/2022
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: More than 37,000 properties will be part of Cook County's Tax Sale running from May 12th to 18th; more than half owe less than $1,000 in back taxes
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03/23/2022
Treasurer's Office
Pappas: Certified notice out on 45,000 properties with unpaid taxes in Cook County
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01/12/2022
Treasurer's Office
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas changes 2022 Scavenger Sale to benefit bidders and communities
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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.