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05/12/2021
Treasurer's Office
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas presents her office's new informational brochure in Spanish with Mexican leaders
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05/11/2021
Treasurer's Office
Pappas and ABC 7 Chicago team up to host again "Black and Latino Houses Matter" Phone Bank on May 12
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05/07/2021
Treasurer's Office
Pappas and Jordan celebrate Mother’s Day by giving away 500 fresh cut Ecuadorian roses on the Magnificent Mile with Luxe Bloom
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05/04/2021
Treasurer's Office
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas presents her new Ukrainian brochure at Ukrainian Fashion Show
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05/03/2021
Treasurer's Office
196,925 people must pay Cook County property taxes today to avoid late fees
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The Property Tax System
1. PROPERTY TAX BASE
The Assessor assesses all real estate located throughout the County and establishes a fair market value for each property.
2. APPEALS
Appeals are accepted and decisions reached on changes to a property’s assessment, classification, or exemptions.
3. PROPERTY TAX RATES
The Clerk determines the tax rates based on the levy ordinances passed by taxing agencies and applies the rates to the assessments received for the Assessor to determine the amount of property tax owed.
4. BILLING AND PAYMENT
The Treasurer mails out property tax bills and collects the money.
5. FUNDING OF LOCAL TAXING AUTHORITIES
The Treasurer distributes the money to over 2200 local taxing agencies, including the County, cities, schools and special districts.