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Property tax bills anger Cook County homeowners (Rahmland)
http://chicago.cbslocal.com ^ | October 5, 2011 9:59 PM | Staff

Posted on 10/07/2011 10:24:22 AM PDT by Red Badger

CHICAGO (CBS) – It’s sticker shock in the mail. Tax bills went out to Cook County homeowners this week and the big jump in the amount due to many homeowners has some wondering if they can keep their house.

CBS 2′s Dana Kozlov takes a look at how the dramatic jump in property tax bills is affecting people and what you can do about it.

According to the Cook County Clerk’s office, tax rates are up for schools, park districts, municipalities and other government bodies. Some of those tax levies have made double-digit increases in tax rates.

The property tax reality was setting in with Markham homeowner Patricia Taylor on Wednesday.

Asked if she can keep her house after receiving an $8,100 property tax bill, Taylor said, “I don’t know right now. It’s bad right now, it’s really bad.”

That’s because her property tax bill for her three bedroom, one bathroom house shot up from $6,400 last year to $8,100 this year – a whopping 27 percent jump.

Taylor took time on her day off to head to the Cook County Assessor’s office to see if anything could be done for herself and her mother.

“What do they expect? I don’t live in Beverly Hills, I stay in Markham and this is ridiculous,” Taylor said.

Kelley Quinn, spokeswoman for Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, said the office has had thousands of taxpayers like Taylor walk through their halls this week, wondering what was going on with their bills.

Countywide, property tax bills will jump an average of almost 2.7 percent, according to Quinn.

“What we’re seeing are a lot of anxious people,” Quinn said. “But what we’re also seeing is once they leave here, they’re satisfied and many of them are happy because they are seeing a tax bill that does go down a bit.”

Quinn said many of the people voicing complaints about their tax bills are senior citizens who didn’t apply for their senior exemption, which they must do every year, because of a new law.

Those seniors can still get their exemption with help from the county.

But everyone else? They could be out of luck, because taxing districts – from schools to parks – needed the extra revenue and the taxpayers were forced to foot the bill.

“So your local tax rates are going up, even though your assessments are going down, which results ultimately in a tax bill that could be a little bit higher,” Quinn said.

People who believe their tax bills are incorrectly assessed can appeal through the Cook County Board of Review, but dates for that are very specific and depend on your township.

You can check the Board of Review website or give the office a call at (312) 603-7550 if you have questions.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; chicagoway; illinois; rahm; sourcetitlenoturl; tax; taxtherich
TAX THE RICH! TAX THE RICH! TAX THE RICH! TAX THE RICH! ............NO, WAIT, WE ARE THE RICH!............
1 posted on 10/07/2011 10:24:25 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

I believe property owners throughout the USA will be seeing sharply increased tax bills. The local governments have done very little to cut expenses during Obama’s depression.

The Tea Party folks must continue with the message of Limited Government.

Otherwise, government at all levels will bankrupt us.


2 posted on 10/07/2011 10:29:03 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Red Badger
But everyone else? They could be out of luck, because taxing districts – from schools to parks – needed the extra revenue and the taxpayers were forced to foot the bill.

Can the government just arbitrarily raise the property tax rates in Illinois? In Ohio, I don't think I've seen a property tax increase that wasn't approved by a voter levy.

3 posted on 10/07/2011 10:36:19 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Compare "Delay is preferable to error" - Thomas Jefferson // "Pass this bill now!" - Barack Obama)
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To: Red Badger

Last year, in Summit County, Ohio, they lowered the value of my house by $1,500. But they raised the value of my lot by $10,000. I wonder if we have a “Senior Exemption” here?????


4 posted on 10/07/2011 10:38:31 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Red Badger
Asked if she can keep her house after receiving an $8,100 property tax bill, Patricia Taylor said, “I don’t know right now. It’s bad right now, it’s really bad.”

I wonder if Patty voted Rat the last few elections, but no worries, the Rats will make sure the newly homeless will be able to vote without a street address.

5 posted on 10/07/2011 10:39:23 AM PDT by Navy Patriot
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To: Red Badger

Chicago is....huh?

6 posted on 10/07/2011 10:40:38 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Red Badger

I live in Indiana and my property taxes went down this year.

3K sqft home on 10 acres on a lake, $1400/yr.

Thanks Mitch!


7 posted on 10/07/2011 10:43:22 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Red Badger

Perhaps this is just an example of reaping what one has sown...


8 posted on 10/07/2011 10:45:24 AM PDT by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm at NO additional charge.)
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To: Red Badger

Illinois, a no right to work blue state.
You all deserve what you all get.
HIGH TAXES, low employment.


9 posted on 10/07/2011 10:46:44 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (FUBO)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

In Florida property values have dropped 50% but our property taxes are higher but no increase in services.


10 posted on 10/07/2011 10:48:16 AM PDT by jrcats (Justice is blind and deaf in Florida.)
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To: Red Badger

Government of the suckers, by the leeches.....


11 posted on 10/07/2011 10:50:38 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: Red Badger

Suckers. There’s a reason why it’s called Crook County.


12 posted on 10/07/2011 10:55:11 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Red Badger

Sorry, I have a hard time feeling any sympathy for people who have been voting for Democrats since the end of the last ice age.


13 posted on 10/07/2011 11:02:15 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger

The one good thing about living in CA is Prop 13 which limits property tax increases to 2% per year max.


14 posted on 10/07/2011 11:10:32 AM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: Red Badger

They promised you omlettes, and you said “Yes! I want that!”. They didn’t tell you your life savings were going to be the eggs.


15 posted on 10/07/2011 11:14:59 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

Mine went down in New Hampshire due to good negotiations by the selectman with the police and teacher unions. Not much, but they went down.


16 posted on 10/07/2011 11:27:48 AM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: trapped_in_LA

Here in FL property taxes are tied to real estate market values. It’s real low right now...........


17 posted on 10/07/2011 11:30:32 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Red Badger

After Mother passed away, the taxes here doubled. Now, one year later, they doubled again.


18 posted on 10/07/2011 11:34:47 AM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: tacticalogic

You can’t make an omelet unless you break some eggs.........


19 posted on 10/07/2011 11:35:40 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Petruchio

There will not likely be any relief in the near future.
I would be looking to move to a less greedy state.........


20 posted on 10/07/2011 11:37:27 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: glorgau

Government greed drives a world in need..............


21 posted on 10/07/2011 11:38:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Red Badger
an $8,100 property tax

Yipes, here you can rent a similiar house in a good area for less.

22 posted on 10/07/2011 11:42:19 AM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: razorback-bert

She will somehow blame the Republicans in her mind for this.............


23 posted on 10/07/2011 11:44:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Red Badger

Illinois and Chicago in particular should be turning from blue to red so they can escape paying the machine with a shovel! The market value of the property has probably declined and these animals raises the rates anyway.


24 posted on 10/07/2011 11:48:59 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Red Badger

Here in our town in Texas our property values are up (they never did go down) again, and our property tax rates have been reduced this year. Services remain excellent.

Thank you governor Perry.


25 posted on 10/07/2011 12:14:25 PM PDT by shortey22
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To: Abathar

I’m in Florida and ours went down as well.


26 posted on 10/07/2011 12:26:27 PM PDT by imskylark
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To: Red Badger

I wonder what the effect these higher property taxes have on the ‘Depression Era housing depreciation’, as reported by the media. It seems to me that a home with an 8000+ tax bill has to be worth a lot less than the identical home with a lower tax bill. Has anyone looked into this? How much house can you afford after you pay 500 to 600 per month in property taxes?


27 posted on 10/07/2011 1:04:16 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Abathar

I think I am going to puke. Can we swap property tax bills for one year?


28 posted on 10/07/2011 2:43:34 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: sportutegrl
I used to think the same thing. I lived in a county with higher property taxes than adjacent counties. Over time I started to notice some benefits to the higher property taxes.

1. Property values stayed higher because only people with good money would buy in the area partially because of the taxes.
2. Many of the people were more desirable as neighbors as other counties would get people that would over extend themselves on their houses based on the theory that lower property taxes meant they could get more house.
3. I eventually moved to a county with lower property taxes and I can confirm what I thought. The upkeep for the houses is not done very well in my lower property tax county compared to my higher property tax county.
4. Home values have suffered much more in the lower property tax counties than my higher property tax county where I used to live.
29 posted on 10/07/2011 3:13:40 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: WayneS

Yep.

Wonder how the spoiled, ignorant, Occupy Wall Street crowd would feel if they all returned home to Mom & Dad’s house and discovered it’s been foreclosed on because they couldn’t pay the taxes.

Who would they blame then? Public employee unions and government spending? (Of course not.)


30 posted on 10/07/2011 7:52:57 PM PDT by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: WayneS

Yep.

Wonder how the spoiled, ignorant, Occupy Wall Street crowd would feel if they all returned home to Mom & Dad’s house and discovered it’s been foreclosed on because they couldn’t pay the taxes.

Who would they blame then? Public employee unions and government spending? (Of course not.)


31 posted on 10/07/2011 7:53:03 PM PDT by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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