Saturday, October 25, 2008

Feel Your Property Taxes Are Too High?

File an appeal! You have until December 1st. From an email blast from Ald. Gene Schulter (47th Ward):

Board of Review Accepting Assessment Appeal Complaint Forms For Lakeview Township

The Cook County Board of Review has announced dates for filing assessment appeal complaints by property owners in the Lakeview township. The filing dates for property assessment appeals open on Wednesday, October 15 and will close on Monday, December 1, 2008.

Owners of homes, condominiums, townhomes, apartment buildings, and businesses may appeal their assessments to the Board if they feel that their assessment is too high. A lawyer is not required to file an appeal on behalf of residential property owners. Evidence which can be particularly help to the homeowner seeking as assessment reduction includes any of the following items.

* A photo of the taxpayer's property.
* Proof of recent sale prices of homes similar to the home of the taxpayer.
* A real estate appraisal.
* Assessed valuations of comparable properties in your neighborhood.
* Evidence of flood, fire, demolition, or structural damage.

Complaint forms can be picked up at the 47th Ward Public Service Office or downloaded here. For your convenience, complaint forms and supporting documentation can be dropped off at the 47th Ward Public Service Office until noon on Monday, December 1, 2008.

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