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Explanation of your property tax bill

Property Tax Rates 

The City of Evanston finances about 10% of its general fund operations through property taxes and is continually striving to diversify its revenue base in order to reduce reliance on the property tax.  The City’s portion of the property tax reflects approximately 17% of the total tax bill. The graphic below shows how property taxes in Evanston are divided by taxing body.

Property tax

The tax rate is calculated by dividing the levy (dollar amount) requested by each taxing district by the total Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) of the district. An individual property's tax bill is then determined by multiplying the tax rate with the property's EAV. More info on EAV calculation is below.

 Below is an average composite rate per PIN within the City for tax year 2019, which is paid in 2020. Individual total rates may be higher or lower depending on combination of taxing districts servicing a property.

2019 Rates (Paid in 2020)
Cook County 0.543
City of Evanston 1.413
City of Evanston Library Fund 0.218
City of Evanston General Assistance 0.032
School District 65 3.185
Evanston Township High School District 202 2.024
Oakton Community College District 535 0.221
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District 0.389
North Shore Mosquito Abatement District 0.009
Total rate all taxing districts 8.034
Lighthouse Park District 0.080
Ridgeville Park District 0.125