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The City of Evanston Property Tax Assessment Review Office acts as a taxpayer advocate for the residents of Evanston.  This Office does not actually assess property, rather it answers residents' questions and aids in exemption and appeal applications. The property assessment is done by the Cook County Assessor’s Office for all of the Cook County.  The Cook County Assessor is permitted by law to use market values for the three years prior to the reassessment year in order to determine market value for any residential class of property in a specific area. Property data can be found at cookcountyassessor.com.

Evanston residents are encouraged to call the City’s Property Tax Assessment Review Office, at 847-448-8168, or email mgibbs@cityofevanston.org, with any questions or concerns. Residents may also contact the Cook County Recorder of Deeds downtown office at 312-603-5050. 

2017 Important Property Tax Bill Dates

2017 BOR Appeal Authorization Form

Second Installment Property Tax Bills Due August 1

The City of Evanston’s Property Tax Assessment Review Office reminds residents that 2016 Second Installment property tax bills, which were mailed out in late June, are due on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

The First installment property tax bill due in March was an estimate based on last year’s total tax bill, and did not reflect 2016 reassessment values, exemptions or appeals. Second installment property tax bills reflect 2016 reassessment value, exemptions and appeals in order to arrive at a total amount due for tax year 2016. Changes to taxing districts’ levies are also included on this bill, as well as the School District 65 Referendum tax rate increase. The amount due on the Second Installment tax bill equals the total tax due for the year, less the payment made for the first installment.

Evanston residents are encouraged to call the City’s Property Tax Assessment Review Office, at 847-448-8168, with any questions or concerns.

Details about paying taxes
If money for property taxes is paid into an escrow account with a taxpayer’s mortgage company, the financial institution should receive the tax bill electronically, even if the taxpayer also receives a copy of the bill. Taxpayers with property tax escrows held by their mortgage companies are advised not to pay property taxes on their own. If they do, an overpayment of property taxes may result.

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

Can I do anything to reduce my current tax bill?   
If you have received all exemptions for which you are eligible, you likely will not be able to do anything about your current property tax bill. If you are eligible for a homeowner, senior citizen or other tax exemption but did not receive one, the Property Tax Assessment Review Office can assist you in obtaining a revised bill for a smaller amount. Alternately, you can go directly to the Cook County Assessor’s Office (there is a branch office located at the Skokie Courthouse) and you will receive an adjusted bill on site.

Can I do anything to reduce future tax bills? 
Currently, the Cook County Board of Review (BOR) is open for pre-filing appeals. The BOR will open officially for Evanston appeals on August 1st, 2018 and will remain open for 30 days. The deadline to file a 2017 appeal with the BOR is August 30, 2017.  Residents may call the City’s Property Tax Assessment Review Office for help in preparing an appeal or call 311 (847-448-4311 if outside of Evanston) to schedule an appointment or receive an Appeal Authorization Form which will allow you to have your appeal filed online on your behalf without visiting the office.

 

Board of Review Accepting Assessment Appeals from Evanston

Contact: Property Tax Assessment Review Office, 847-448-4311 

Evanston property owners concerned about their property taxes have an opportunity to do something about next year’s tax bills. Homeowners can appeal their 2017 assessed values with the Cook County Board of Review through August 30, 2017.

Evanston residents seeking help with filing an appeal must call 311 to either schedule an appointment to visit the Property Tax Assessment Review Office or to request an Appeal Authorization Form, which will allow you to have your appeal filed online on your behalf without visiting the office.

To avoid long waits in the office, it is preferable to complete and submit an Appeal Authorization form in lieu of visiting the office. Those seeking to visit the office for help with submitting appeals must call 311 to schedule an appointment. Those seeking to receive an Appeal Authorization Form may call 311 or email Mitzi Gibbs at mgibbs@cityofevanston.org, to have the form emailed to him/her.

You must file an appeal this year with the Cook County Board of Review in order to try to have your property’s 2017 Assessed Value reduced, or reduced further if you had a successful appeal with the Cook County Assessor this year. These reduced Assessed Values will be reflected on the 2017 Second Installment tax bill which will be due on August 1, 2018.

You may also contact Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin’s Office at 847-864-1209 or the Skokie Courthouse branch of the Cook County Board of Review Office at 847-470-7522.

The City’s Property Tax Assessment Review Office acts as a taxpayer advocate for Evanston residents. The Office does not assess property, but answers residents’ questions and aids in exemption and appeal applications. Property assessment is done by the Cook County Assessor’s Office for all of Cook County.

Evanston residents are encouraged to call the City’s Property Tax Assessment Review Office, at 847-448-8168, or email mgibbs@cityofevanston.org, with any questions or concerns. Residents may also contact the Cook County Recorder of Deeds downtown office at 312-603-5050. 

COOK COUNTY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE LOCATIONS:

Skokie Court House, 5600 Old Orchard Road, Room 149, Skokie, IL  60076
Phone: (847) 470-7237

County Building, 118 N. Clark Street, Room 301, Chicago, IL   60602
Phone: (312) 443-7550

CITY OF EVANSTON PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT REVIEW OFFICE SERVICES:

  • Assistance with filing assessment appeals through the Cook County Assessor’s office and the Cook County Board of Review.
  • Assist with all applications for and verification of Homeowner, Senior Citizen and Senior Freeze, Disabled Persons’, Returning and Disabled Veterans’ exemptions.
  • Assist with filing for Property Tax Refunds (Certificates of Error).
  • Assist with property tax bill questions.
  • Assist with calculating estimated property tax bill amounts for existing homes and new construction.
  • Assist with and provide information regarding deed/ownership inquiries.
  • Assist new homeowners with notification of correct property index number(s) and potential for various exemptions.
  • Assist in providing property index numbers (PIN) to all residents.
  • Assist with and provide information and assistance with use of relevant Cook County real estate Internet sites, i.e., Cook County Assessor, Cook County Board of Review, Cook County Treasurer, Cook County Recorder of Deeds, Cook County Clerk and the Cook County property tax portal.
  • Assistance with name and address changes for the Cook County Treasurer’s office.
  • Assistance with Property Location Changes for the Cook County Assessor’s office.
  • Recording and filing of Building Permits with the Cook County Assessor for Entry on Tax Rolls.
  • Recording and filing of Real Estate Sales Transfer Data.
  • Assist with Notarization (free).
  • Provide forms for division and consolidation applications to the Cook County Assessor.

LOCATION AND HOURS OF OPERATION:
The Property Tax Assessment Review Office has moved to a new location within the Morton Civic Center! The office has relocated from Room 1450 to the ground floor, Room G551.


Property Tax Assessment Review Office
Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Room G551, Evanston, IL  60201
Phone: 847-448-8168

Office hours (from July 17th - end of August): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) - Please by appointment only during busy appeal time;
Wednesday: Office closed, no appointments.

 

RELEVANT LINKS:

www.cookcountyassessor.com

www.cookcountytreasurer.com
www.cookcountyboardofreview.com
www.cookrecorder.com
www.cookcountyclerk.com
www.cookcountypropertyinfo.com

 

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