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One-stop-shop for property tax info launches

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A consolidated website that offers one-stop shopping for property tax information in Cook County launched today.

An image from the front page of the new website.

A consolidated website that offers one-stop shopping for property tax information in Cook County launched today.

The Cook County Property Tax Portal includes information from the separte websites of the county assessor, county clerk recorder of deeds, county treasurer and the dounty board of review.

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the collaborative effort saves time and promotes efficiency.

The site allows residents to have online access to information they may never have been aware of before – such as appeal or exemption opportunities or liens on their properties.

Previously, property owners who wanted to see the tax history of a home, business or land had to visit the websites of up to six different county offices to “piece together” the record of ownership, payments, exemptions, appeals, refunds and delinquencies – much of which goes back only one year.

Now owners will get five years of history, in linear form and on a single screen, without having to surf from website to website, determining what is owed, paid, and what refunds might be available.

The portal was financed in its entirety from the budget of the county treasurer, at no additional cost to Cook County taxpayers.

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