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Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin says Evanston residents can expect big hikes in their property tax assessments next year.

Suffreden told attendees at Monday’s Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast that, based on what’s happening in Rogers Park, which is being reassessed this year, when the triennial reassessment process reaches Evanston next year, major increases in the assessed value of properties are likely.

He said it’s important for taxpayers to appeal their assessment every year, to make sure they pay no more tax than necessary, and that establishing a lower base value for a property this year would help minimize any increase in the assessed value next year.

Suffreden was promoting a free tax appeal instructional seminar that he’s hosting at the Evanston Civic Center tonight. The session will be held in the Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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5 Comments

  1. Admitting incompetence
    Suffredin stating that you should appeal your taxes every year sounds like an admission that the process for valuation is inherently flawed and untrustworthy.

  2. Just what Evanston “needs” (?)
    We have enough problems without more taxes. The county and state seem to think every thing can be solved by increasing taxes—and giving politicians more to dole out for votes.
    Of course the Evanston Council and all its minions follow the same course—pick winners, give money away to anyone who asks for it, reward supporters, preserving mansions, paying top dollar for land for a grocery—and then cry poverty and need more taxes.
    Some day Evanston and Illinois taxpayers will have enough and move—and let those poor [literally and figuratively] taxpayers left to pay all the bills and pensions–which of course they won’t be able to do.
    Maybe we should re-incorporate and have NU take over the government—they certainly seem to do a better job of budgeting and running operations. In fact NU’s high costs [and programs] seem to draw people—apparently they won’t stay long after graduation [I’ve asked but NU apparently does not know how many stay but given the education I hope they are given, probably realize it is not a good bar gin to stay]..

    1. Questions for Larry Suffredin

      Questions for Larry Suffredin:

      1. What is "big hikes"?

      2.  Why "big hikes"?

      3. My taxes went up from 7,500 to 12,000 over last 2 years due to re-assessment of property from 2013..  Is that what you call "big"?

      4. Has the County addressed their pension shortfall?  Has the County changed/re-defined the pension benefits?  If not, why not?  I hope the "big hikes" is not in response to the Democrats/Republicans writing the juicy pension benefit plans.

  3. RE Taxes

    The threat or promise of large RE tax increases is frightening. Why is the property assessment unequal & unfair? The RE taxes in north Evanston are often equal to or less than comparable property in south Evanston yet the market value is significantly higher

  4. Hard to believe that

    Hard to believe that assessments are rising in Rogers Park. That area of Chicago has been on a down trend for about 10 years. Governments need more money to continue their irresponsible spending. Raising property taxes has been a backdoor way to claim that it isn't their fault.

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