First half property tax bills started arriving in mailboxes around Evanston today.

The annual property tax bill is split into two unequal installments. Homeowners have to pay 55 percent of the amount of their prior year’s bill by March 1.

The second half bill arrives later, generally in the fall, and reflects assessment appeals and exemptions, as well as changes in the tax rate from year to year.

Taxpayers still need to apply each year for a senior exemption, senior freeze, and long-time owner exemptions. The senior exemption and senior freeze exemption applications will be mailed next week to taxpayers.

Township Assessor Bonnie Wilson says that homeowners who make payments to an escrow account with their mortgage company for taxes generally should not pay the bill received from the county treasurer’s office — because that could result in a double-payment of the taxes.

But County Treasurer Maria Pappas suggests those residents visit the treasurer’s website to confrm that the bank has made the payment.

Property owners who do not have mortgage companies paying their taxes can make tax payments in person, by mail, or online at the treasurer’s website. In-person payments are accepted at the Cook County Treasurer’s at 118 N. Clark St. in Chicago and at any Chase Bank in the Chicago area.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. High property taxes

    Another reason the people should stop making the same mistake. Try something new and don't put city and county democrats back in office.

    Try to elect school board members that focus on good education and lowering costs at the same time.

    And last but most improtant, vote NO on the referedum to build and operate a very unneeded school, unless you want your taxes to skyrocket!

    1. Last straw?

      I have to wonder for how many the Cook County Property Tax is the last straw.  For how many will it mean not being able to make mortgage payments, food, medicine?  Landlords raising rent? Home owners and landlords not making repairs?

      All so politicians can fund their pet projects, do favors for voters, hire their friends/relatives, promise pay/pensions that can't be paid over the long run ? School boards keep/extend bloated administration, pay increases for administration and teachers even with poor or failing performance, and school actvitives that have nothing to do with education or upkeep of buildings?

      Then you have the sales and income tax increases that hurt people but allow government to spend even more without thought of how useful/effective the spending is.

  2. Exemption form really mailed?

    A TV story Feb. 23 said the Senior and Homeowner form would be mailed Feb. 24.  No senior I've talked to has received them yet.  Because the P.O. and Assessor would of course blame each other, I found the form on the Web and mailed it rather than hoping I'd actually get it in the mail.

    Best always to 'do it yourself.'

    This seems to be a new form [due March 31] from the one that covered Senior and 'Longterm' exemptions that has come in May before.

    1. I recieved them shortly after

      I recieved them shortly after the announcement, although in past years I have used the online version. Wonder if because it is an election year and certain pols wanted to get their name in front of the voters at a prime time?

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