New property tax assessment notices were dropped in the mail to Evanston property owners today.

If you want to know your new assessment before the notice hits your mailbox, you can look it up now on the Cook County Assessor’s Office website.

A spokesman for the assessor’s office said they won’t have details on the average assessment increase for Evanston until next week.

But on one block we checked — which happens to be where I live — the change from last year’s final Board of Review certified values averaged an increase of nearly 23 percent with a range from a decline of 9.1 percent to an increase of 48 percent.

If your assessment went up more than the average for the community as a whole, you can expect your tax bill to increase as a result of the reassessment.

The last time a triennial reassessment was conducted, in 2016, the average residential property assessment in Evanston increased by 25 percent.

Property owners will have until April 15 to file an appeal of their new assessment.

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin will hold a seminar on tax appeals on Thursday, March 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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