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Cook County Tax Bills Continue To Be Higher In 2013

Senate rejects bill that would have helped recover up to $65 million next year

 

SPRINGFIELD -- Homeowners will continue to pay $60 to $75 more when they get their second installment property tax bills in 2013, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios said on Wednesday. The announcement comes after the Illinois Senate again failed to pass a law that would allow assessors to go after people who claim fraudulent property exemptions.

 

“This is a rampant problem in Cook County,” Berrios said. “Tax cheats know the system and that we can’t force them to pay. What they don’t know or care about is that the honest homeowner is picking up the tab. For struggling families, $75 is a week’s worth of food on the table.”

 

House Bill 506 would have curbed erroneous property exemptions and helped Illinois recover tens of millions of dollars that rightfully belongs to taxing bodies, including schools. The legislation passed the Illinois House, but the Senate twice voted it down -- most recently on Tuesday. Several senators representing Cook County failed to vote, or cast a “no” vote against the bill.

 

To see a roll call of the Senate vote, visit http://ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/97/senate/09700HB0506_12042012_006000T.pdf.

 

The senators who sat at their desks and failed to push their buttons showed lack of regard to their constituents,” said Berrios, who vowed to reintroduced the legislation in January.

 

The bill was intended to allow assessors to recover money from those who had taken erroneous exemptions. Analysts estimated that the bill would bring in $119 million statewide -- $65 million to Cook County alone -- by allowing counties to address scofflaws who choose to put their tax burdens on their neighbors by claiming homestead exemptions on multiple homes. The recovered money would then be returned to taxing bodies, including school districts.

 

By allowing counties to recover this money, we could have provided relief to schools, parks, libraries and other local bodies who often have to extend lines of credit and incur interest in order to manage their finances,” Berrios said.

 

The legislation was supported by the Cook County Township Assessors, the National Education Association, the Illinois Education Association, the Illinois Municipal League, and AgeOptions.

 

The Illinois Realtors Association was the major opponent of this bill, claiming it would target innocent homeowners. They failed to recognize numerous public cases in which wealthy property owners claim multiple exemptions and have saved tens of thousands of dollars.

 

“The Realtors protected their wealthy clients rather than support schools that can’t afford books and supplies, and the police departments that are being forced to lay off officers,” Berrios said.



Past News

10/10/2014Assessor Berrios Alerts Taxpayers about Fraudulent Solicitation Letters
09/08/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Bloom Township Taxpayers
08/26/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Rich Township Taxpayers
08/12/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Thornton Township Taxpayers
07/28/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Orland Township Taxpayers
07/08/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Proviso Township Taxpayers
06/19/2014Assessor Berrios Develops New Tax Incentive
06/17/2014Reassessment notices for Calumet are being mailed today and the appeal deadline date will be 7/14/2014
05/20/2014Reassessment notices for Stickney are being mailed today and the appeal deadline date will be 6/20/2014
05/13/2014Lemont Township News Release for Distribution
05/07/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lyons Township Taxpayers
05/06/2014Cook County Assessor’s Office Rolling Meadows Branch Office to Close May 30th
04/28/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Berwyn Township Taxpayers
04/15/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Oak Park Township Taxpayers
04/02/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Worth Township Taxpayers
03/19/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Cicero Township Taxpayers
03/07/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Bremen Township Taxpayers
02/13/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Riverside Township Taxpayers
02/13/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to River Forest Township Taxpayers
01/15/2014Amnesty Period Allowing for Repayment without Penalties and Interest Concluded December 31, 2013
01/09/2014Assessor Berrios Mails Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption Applications
12/23/2013Assessor Berrios Bills Over $2,000,000 for Erroneous Exemptions Claimed by Taxpayers
12/19/2013Assessor Berrios Bills Over $2,000,000 for Erroneous Exemptions Claimed by Taxpayers
10/16/2013Assessor Berrios Bills First $1 Million for Erroneous Exemptions Claimed by Taxpayers
09/11/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Niles Township Taxpayers
09/11/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Hanover Township Taxpayers
08/27/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Schaumburg Township Taxpayers
08/05/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Northfield Township Taxpayers
07/17/2013Governor Signs Exemption Fraud Legislation Developed by Assessor Berrios
07/17/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Wheeling Township Taxpayers
06/24/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Leyden Township Taxpayers
06/17/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios to Host Local Outreach Session to Help Leyden Township Homeowners Affected by Flooding
06/03/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios to Host Local Outreach Sessions to Help Lyons Township Homeowners Affected by Flooding
06/03/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios to Host Local Outreach Sessions to Help Stickney Township Homeowners Affected by Flooding
05/30/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Barrington Township Taxpayers
05/28/2013Illinois General Assembly Passes Exemption Fraud Legislation Developed by Assessor Berrios
05/20/2013Exemption Fraud Legislation Developed by Assessor Berrios Passess the Illinois Senate
05/20/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Palatine Township Taxpayers
05/09/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios to Host Local Outreach Session to Help Maine Township Homeowners Affectd by Flooding
04/29/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios to Host Outreach Sessions to Help Taxpayers Affected by Flooding
04/26/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to New Trier Township Taxpayers
04/23/2013Property Tax Relief Legislation Developed by Assessor Berrios Signed into Law by Governor
04/23/2013Assessor Berrios Extends Deadline for Maine Township Appeals
04/11/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Maine Township Taxpayers
04/11/2013Berrios Property Tax Relief Measure Passes Both Houses
04/03/2013Assessor Berrios Announces Appeal Period is Open for Cicero Township Taxpayers
03/15/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Elk Grove Township Taxpayers
03/12/2013Berrios Proposes Property Tax Relief Measure
02/22/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Evanston Township Taxpayers
02/21/2013Assessor Berrios Mails Renewal Applications for the Disabled Exemptions
02/14/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Norwood Park Township Taxpayers
02/08/2013Assessor Berrios Lauds Marty McGarry for Three Decades of Service at the Cook County Assessor’s Office
02/04/2013Property Tax Appeals May Only Be Filed When a Property’s Township is Open for Appeals
01/30/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios Reminds Seniors of Upcoming Senior Exemption Deadline
01/29/2013Assessor Berrios Alerts Taxpayers that the Cook County Treasurer Has Mailed First-Installment Tax Bills
01/28/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios to Host Numerous County-Wide Outreaches to Help Taxpayers
01/04/2013Assessor Berrios Mails Senior Exemption Applications
12/21/2012Assessor Berrios announces receipt of $5.5 million PILOT payment from CHA
12/11/2012Cook County Tax Bills Continue To Be Higher In 2013
12/10/2012Cook County Assessor Berrios Certifies 2012 Assessment
10/09/2012Assessor Berrios announces $5 million PILOT payment from CHA
10/09/2012Assessor Berrios Alerts Taxpayers about Solicitors Charging to File for Missing Property Tax Exemptions
09/28/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to South Township Taxpayers
09/14/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to North Township Taxpayers
08/15/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Jefferson Township Taxpayers
07/23/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to West Township Taxpayers
07/02/2012Assessor Berrios Alerts Homeowners to Check Second-Installment Tax Bills for Exemptions
06/25/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Hyde Park Township Taxpayers
06/06/2012Second-Installment Property Tax Bills to be Mailed on Time for the First Time in 35 Years
05/18/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lake Township Taxpayers
05/01/2012Preckwinkle, Berrios Urge Passage of Exemption Fraud Legislation
04/11/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lakeview Township Taxpayers
03/27/2012Assessor Berrios Mails Long-Time Occupant Homeowner Exemption Applications
03/13/2012Cook County Assessor Berrios Mails Exemption Booklets to Homeowners
03/08/2012Berrios Urges Seniors to Check Their Mailboxes
03/08/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Rogers Park Township Taxpayers
01/27/2012Assessor Berrios Begins 2012 Assessment
12/06/2011Assessor Berrios Releases first-year Report Card
09/30/2011Assessor Berrios Urges Seniors to Check Second-Installment Tax Bills for Exemptions
09/21/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Rich Township Taxpayers
09/14/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Thornton Township Taxpayers
08/22/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Orland Township Taxpayers
08/12/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Proviso Township Taxpayers
08/05/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Worth Township Taxpayers
07/25/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lemont Township Taxpayers
07/15/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Stickney Township Taxpayers
07/12/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lyons Township
06/24/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Bremen Township Taxpayers
06/16/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Palos Township Taxpayers
06/14/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Berwyn Township Taxpayers
06/03/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Cicero Township Taxpayers
05/25/2011Assessor Berrios Mails Long-Time Occupant Homeowner Exemption Applications
05/24/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Oak Park Township Taxpayers
05/13/2011Assessor Berrios Unveils New Assessment Notice
03/30/2011Cook County Assessor Berrios Certifies 2010 Assessment
03/03/2011Cook County Assessor Berrios Extends Deadline for Senior Citizen Exemption
02/17/2011Cook County Assessor Berrios Urges Seniors to Reapply for Senior Exemption
02/07/2011Cook County Assessor Berrios Mails Exemption Applications to Seniors
01/19/2011Cook County Assessor Berrios Decreases Reassessment Values to Ensure Properties are Fairly Assessed
01/13/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Hanover Township Taxpayers
12/29/2010Assessor Berrios’s Office Certifies 27,000 Exemption Certificates of Error
12/28/2010Reassessment Notices Mailed to Northfield Township Taxpayers
12/21/2010Assessor Berrios Revises Assessment Notices to Include Properties' Market Values
11/19/2010Reassessment Notices for Palatine Township Mailed
11/15/2010Tax Bill Related Questions
10/29/2010Reassessment Notices for Wheeling Township Mailed
10/06/2010Reassessment Notices for New Trier Township Mailed
09/21/2010Reassessment Notices for Elk Grove Township Mailed
08/19/2010Reassessment Notices for Maine Township Mailed
07/26/2010Reassessment Notices for Niles Township Mailed
07/15/2010Reassessment Notices for Evanston Township Mailed
07/08/2010Reassessment Notices for Barrington Township Mailed
06/29/2010Reassessment Notices for Norwood Park Township Mailed
02/23/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Schaumburg Township Taxpayers
02/18/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Thornton Township Taxpayers
02/11/2010Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lake Township Taypayers
02/04/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Lemont Township Taxpayers
02/02/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Bloom Township Taxpayers
01/27/2010Reassessment Notices for North Township Mailed
01/19/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Hanover Township Taxpayers
01/14/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Worth Township Taxpayers
01/08/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Northfield Township Taxpayers
12/30/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Orland Township Taxpayers
12/23/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to New Trier Township Taxpayers
12/17/2009Reassessment Notices for South Township Mailed
12/15/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Lyons Township Taxpayers
12/03/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Proviso Township Taxpayers
11/25/2009Reassessment Notices for West Township Mailed
11/20/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Palatine Township Taxpayers
11/06/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Wheeling Township Taxpayers
10/23/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Stickney Township Taxpayers
10/19/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Leyden Township Taxpayers
10/09/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Rich Township Taxpayers
10/02/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Elk Grove Township Taxpayers
09/25/2009Reassessment Notices for Hyde Park Township Mailed
09/24/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Maine Township Taxpayers
09/17/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Niles Township Taxpayers
09/04/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Barrington Township Taxpayers
09/01/2009Reassessment Notices for Jefferson Township Mailed
08/17/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Calumet Township Taxpayers
08/11/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Bremen Township Taxpayers
07/31/2009Reassessment Notices for Lakeview Township Mailed
07/29/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Palos Township Taxpayers
07/23/2009Reassessment Notices for Berwyn Township Mailed
07/10/2009Reassessment Notices for EvanstonTownship Mailed
07/02/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Oak Park Township Taxpayers
06/30/2009Reassessment Notices for Rogers Park Township Mailed
06/18/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Cicero Township Taxpayers
06/15/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Norwood Park Township Taxpayers
06/01/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Riverside Township Taxpayers
05/18/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to River Forest Township Taxpayers