The Cook County Assessor’s office says the median assessed value of single family homes in Evanston dropped 7.8 percent in the just-released triennial reassessment.

But the median value of condominiums rose 5.8 percent

Property owners have until March 25 to file appeals of their assessments, which were mailed late last week.

The assessment notices show values that will be the basis of second-installment tax bills due in the summer of 2014.

Information on comparable home values and on filing appeals is available on the county assessor’s website.

The Evanston Township Assessor’s office offers free assistance to taxpayers in filing appeals. To make an appointment, call 847-332-2465.

In addition, a number of local attorneys and tax consultant firms offer to file appeals for taxpayers for a fee.

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, County Assessor Joseph Berrios and Township Assessor Bonnie Wilson will hold a property tax seminar on Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parasol Room at the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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