Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin is encouraging Evanston homeowners to appeal their property tax assessment to the Cook County Board of Review.

“The Cook County Board of Review’s Office will be open for Evanston Township homeowners on Aug. 6 to appeal their property tax assessment for 2012, Suffredin says, and homeowners can potentially reduce their assessment, which could reduce their tax liabilities for taxes payable next year.

Appeals may be filed in person at the Skokie Office of the Cook County Board of Review at 5600 Old Orchard Road, Room 155 in the Skokie Courthouse or online.

Homeowners can also contact Commissioner Suffredin’s office at 847-864-1209 for additional information or to schedule an appointment for assistance.

The deadline for appeals is Sept. 5.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. 2012 assessment appeals

    The deadline to file appeals is 09/05/12.  Any change is assessment takes effect on the second installment next summer.  Online appealing is available now at  All you need is your PIN number, your phone number and an e-mail address.  The Evanston Township Assessor's office is taking appointments starting Monday at 8:30 am for appeal help through our office.  Call us Monday at 847-332-2465 or stop in to make your appointment.  The office is located at 846 Dodge Ave. (Dodge + Main).

  2. Lower Assessment?

    I had my assessment lowered for the 2011 tax year. It resulted in $ 812 less in the tax calulation, Guess what the county did. They reduced my homeowners exemption by $ 875 dollars and this resulted in my final tax calulation increasing rising by $ 63. After talking to the county about this, they told me that the reduction in homeowners exemption was a direct result of lowering my assessment and the old assessment would have saved me $ 63 dollars. They added that this is just the way the county formulas worked out.

    Be careful what you do with the county. Your taxes are not only dependent on your assessment value. There are many games and rules that the assessor plays to decide what your taxes assessment will be.

    The best way to ensure that your taxes do not rise as fast as they have over the last 20 years in Evanston, is to elect school board members that will stop asking for the maximum dollar increase allowed each and every year. Whether the schools need the money or not, the board will find a way to spend it.

    1. This sounds suspect.

      This sounds odd… the homeowners exemption is fixed by law… not elastic.  The Assessor does not decrease exemptions because of reductions in assessments.  If I were you I would go to the Evanston Township Assessor's office and discuss your issue.

  3. Problem with gettting real re-assessment

    A real estate agent told me that the County/Township only considers the last year for sales [at least for condo/coop] of a property to determine if the valuation sould change.  So if your sales were before the Crisis [2007] and were high but dropped substantially [25, 50+ %] and you can't sell because the sale price would be much too low, the Assessor will view your property at the inflated pre-2007 sales value.

    A real 'Catch 22.'  You can't get a lower valuation [and probably an increase] so you taxes will go up and make the property even harder to sell !

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