The Cook County Board of Review has announced launche of an updated online database containing decisions for all complaints filed at the Board since 2007.

Information on specific complaints may be queried by property index number, complaint number, address, property owner name and/or by the name of the attorney representing the complainant.

If a property complaint is currently under review, that fact will be indicated along with any previous decisions on the property.

The database is available on the board’s website.

“This is a big step forward in our efforts to be a more transparent public office,” said Commissioner Dan Patlak.  “Now in the blink of an eye the media, good government organizations and any member of the public can find out the results of any case filed at the Board of Review over the past five years.”

“Now property owners may more easily learn the assessment and appeal history for their own home and of neighboring properties,” said Commissioner Michael Cabonargi.  “This information can help them in making a decision as to whether they should file an appeal.”

“Taxpayers can now search and will no longer have to submit requests for information on property values.  This leaves Board employees more time to analyze complaints and provide aggrieved property owners the relief from over assessed properties that they deserve,” said Commissioner Larry Rogers.

Last fall the board started letting taxpayers file appeals online and to pre-file appeals before the opening of the review periods for their townships.

The Board of Review is a quasi-judicial office that adjudicates assessment appeals for any property located in Cook County.  It is governed by three independently elected commissioners who represent separate districts within the County.  Last year the Board adjudicated appeals on more than 340,000 property parcels.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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