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Tax bills blow in with blizzard

Many Evanston residents found not just snow on their doorsteps today, but  an unwelcome property tax bill in their mailbox.

2010 first installment property tax bills were mailed yesterday and started showing up around town today.

Many Evanston residents found not just snow on their doorsteps today, but  an unwelcome property tax bill in their mailbox.

2010 first installment property tax bills were mailed yesterday and started showing up around town today.

Residents who a few months back  received assessment notices which showed — citywide an average reduction of about 12 percent — may have been shocked to see that their first installment bill represents 55 percent of the total tax bill for last year. So any decrease resulting from the reassessment won’t be seen until the second installment bill arrives next fall.

One break for taxpayers this year — the first installment payment won’t be due until April 1, as a result of a one-time deadline change by the state legislature. Next year the deadline date reverts to March 1.

If you think your bill is too high, there’s a property tax reassessment appeal seminar that was to have been held tonight but, because of the storm has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8. at Willard Elementary School, 2700 Hurd Ave., In Evanston. 

County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak and Evanston Township Assessor Bonnie Wilson are sponsoring the event.

Patlak will conduct the seminar which is designed to inform homeowners how to appeal, where to gather evidence for an appeal with the Board of Review and how to fill out and file the assessment complaint form for the 2010 assessment year. This assessment will be for taxes to be paid in 2011.

Evanston Township residents have until Feb. 10 to submit their complaint forms to the Cook County Board of Review.

Taxpayers are encouraged to bring their Tax Bill, Assessment Notice or Property Identification Number (PIN) to the seminar in order to complete and submit complaint forms at the seminar.

For more information about the seminar, call the Board of Review at 312-603-5579. To schedule an appointment with Commissioner Suffredin’s staff for assistance in filing an appeal call 847-864-1209 or call Assessor Wilson’s staff at 847-332-2465.

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