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2016 TAX APPEAL PERIOD OPENS FOR OAK PARK
Contact person: Ali ElSaffar
The Cook County Assessor’s office has announced that it will be accepting appeals of the assessed valuations of Oak Park properties between March 10 and April 11, 2016. According to Oak Park Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar, this appeal period is the first of two opportunities Oak Park residents will have to appeal their assessments in 2016.
“All Oak Park properties were reassessed in 2014, and most of the values set in 2014 will remain unchanged until Oak Park’s next reassessment in 2017,” ElSaffar said. “Because the 2014 reassessment was such an important part of the tax process, many people believe that assessed values can only be appealed during a reassessment year. But since property values can change from year to year, assessed values can be appealed in any year, including 2016.”
Although ElSaffar expects to see many fewer appeals in 2016 compared to 2014, there are some circumstances where taxpayers may want to appeal this year. One such situation arises when the county assessor sends notices of reassessment for properties that have had significant changes in the last year, such as the construction of a new building or an addition to an existing building. The 2016 appeal period also allows taxpayers to bring attention to changes in the value of their properties over the last year. Finally, taxpayers who missed the deadline for appealing their 2015 assessed values can contest their values for the 2016 tax year.
In most cases, those who are filing 2016 appeals because they missed the deadlines from prior years will not be able to do anything about their assessments from prior years. Indeed, since Cook County tax bills always arrive one year late, property owners should be aware that the money-saving effects of successful 2016 appeals will not appear on tax bills until the summer of calendar year 2017.
Individuals with concerns about their property taxes should contact the Township Assessor’s office at (708) 383-8005 to set up appointments during the appeal period. “The biggest point of contact between most citizens and their government arises through the payment of taxes,” ElSaffar said. “Oak Park residents with concerns about the fairness of this important point of contact should know that the Township is available to help residents redress tax inequities.”
Release date: March 9, 2016