Cook County property tax increases pushed back by baffled residents
Property tax rates may have increased due to municipalities requiring more money to run governments, or based on higher appraisals of properties by the Cook County Appraisal Office.
“I received mine in the mail on Saturday and almost passed out,” said Dedra Davis of Bellwood.
She and Vicky Granacki reached out to the I-Team because they see higher assessments and higher property tax bills.
“I can’t keep a building if the taxes are the same as my income. I don’t know what’s not really the shares that I owe, you know, sell it, you know, demolish it. Really sure “said Granacki.
Granacki owns a rental property in the River West neighborhood of Chicago. Both must pay by October 1.
“It’s tough. Either way, you know, taxes, you know, your utilities,” Davis said. “Your everything goes up, the grocery store usually found the nest empty, so my son doesn’t live alone, but I was paying myself $ 50, maybe every two weeks for groceries. Now it’s up to 100. $. “
Davis’ taxes increase by $ 1,500 year over year. His home appraisal went up by $ 5,200, which pushed up the bill. The appraiser’s office partially blames the levy increases in Bellwood and said the board of review increased the tax burden on residential rather than commercial properties.
In Granacki’s case, the assessor’s office also said that levies had increased in the city of Chicago, which raised his taxes by $ 6,000. She can appeal her much higher membership fee that would affect her taxes next year, adding that that could have been a mistake.
“So I was revalued three times the value of my property, you know you have to consider that I have an old property and there are new buildings around and they say ‘this is worth a lot more money. “” said Granacki.
Pilsen home and business owners met outside the county building on Monday to demand an increase in the annulment valuation of appraiser Fritz Kaegi’s home.
“We are sending a strong message to our elected officials to do the right thing and properly and fairly reassess all residents of Cook County,” said Moises Moreno, director of the Pilsen Alliance.
According to the Kaegi appraiser’s office, the average homeowner’s bill has only increased once in the last two reassessment cycles. The office also charges the higher bills to the general running costs of the municipalities. Last week, the ABC 7 I-Team reported on a study by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas that showed the problem of higher taxes due to operating costs in municipalities like Bellwood, where Davis lives.
“I feel like they’re trying to push me out of my house,” Davis says.
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The Cook County assessor said that overall, many residents have seen their bills broken based on COVID-19 reassessments.
If residents or businesses disagree, they can always appeal to the assessor’s office or file an appeal with the board of revisors.
Cook County Assessor’s Office – Appeals
Brochure in Spanish for owners wishing to appeal
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