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11/17/2021
Treasurer's Office
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas opens satellite office at Saint Sabina Church to help preserve homeownership
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10/28/2021
Treasurer's Office
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas to share government transparency and social equity initiatives at real estate and tax conference in the Dominican Republic
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10/22/2021
Treasurer's Office
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas partners with Candace Jordan and Black Men United in a North Michigan Avenue random act of kindness
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09/30/2021
Treasurer's Office
Treasurer Pappas to speak at global forum in Spain, sharing IT knowhow and promoting social equity
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09/29/2021
Treasurer's Office
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas to begin sending $25.4 million in automatic refunds to Cook County homeowners
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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.