A property tax appeals workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in the Council Chambers at the Evanston City Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

County Commissioner Larry Suffredin and County Assessor Joe Berrios are among the elected officials sponsoring the session that will review how to file a property tax assessment appeal and other areas of interest to property tax payers.

The new assessments will be in effect for the next three years unless you appeal, Suffredin says. “In Evanston, the median rise in residential assessments is 25.04 percent. If your property tax assessment went up more than that, then you will pay more in taxes."

The deadline to appeal is March 25. The new assessment levels will be applied to taxes payable in August 2017.

Evanston residents can also get tax appeal help from Mitzi Gibbs, the city's tax assessment reviewer, by calling 311. They can also call the assessor's office in Skokie at 847-470-7237 or Suffredin's oddice at 847-864-1209.. The assessor's office also accepts appeals online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.