Early Cook tax bill may ruin your 4th of July

I’ve heard that the Cook County second installment real estate tax bill could be mailed as soon as this Friday June 28, 2013. This is depressing news and kind of a buzz-kill right before the 4th festivities.  I spoke to someone in the local assessor’s office who told me that the tax rate in Palatine is increasing a full one percent over last year so that should produce some jolly good, jumbo tax bills.

This is the second installment bill so it features any increase or decrease (best of luck on the latter) for the year. For the past few years, the bill was mailed very late by the county. This year they are Johnny-on-the-spot and it will be mailed early and will be due August 1, 2013.

Please be sure to check that your homeowner’s or senior exemptions are on the bill. If not, you can get the bill reduced by filing a certificate of error and that allows you to pay the lower amount.


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