Cook County (unlike every other county) insists on requiring homeowners to apply every year for the homeowner’s exemption on their real estate taxes. This reduces the real estate taxes by about $450.00. For years, the assessor mailed a postcard around February and had to be signed and returned. Then, just to further confuse everyone, they switched to a large 8.5 x 11 packet a few years ago.
The exemption packets have NOT been mailed yet (for the 2003 tax year) as of 4/16/04. According to the Palatine Township Assessor they should be mailed by May 1, 2004. The assessor’s website has a helpful apply online feature, but it doesn’t work until the packets are mailed.
So hang in there a few more weeks and then either download the form from the assessor’s website or fill out the form online. You have not missed the almighty exemption (yet).
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