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Evanston tax rates increase as values fall

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Property tax rates for Evanston residents are rising more than 11.6 percent this year as taxing bodies respond to declining property values.

Cook County Clerk David Orr says equalized assessed valuations of properties in the northern suburbs, including Evanston, have decreased between 9 and 12 percent.

The tax rate for the City of Evanston went up 16.72 percent, but most taxing bodies, which, unlike the city, are limited by tax caps in how much they can levy, showed smaller rate increases.

Evanston Township High School's rate increased 13.3 percent and School District 65's rate rose 6.1 percent.

One exception was Oakton Community College, whose tax rate rose 22.5 percent.

Comparing nearby communities, the Village of Skokie's tax rate rose 12.1 percent, Wilmette's was up 15.4 percent and Glenview's increased 11.8 percent.

The County Clerk's full report on tax rates is available online

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