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Processing of Second Installment Property Tax Bills

Posted by Admin On April - 24 - 2018

Some questions have arisen in recent days regarding position reductions in the Board of Review and the ability of the Board of Review to complete its tasks so that second installment property tax bills can be distributed on time. Please find below information and context. As needed, attribute to me as chief spokesperson for the Office of the President.

 

Cook County has been able to produce property tax bills in a timely basis for the past six years. It is the obligation of all the property tax agencies — the Assessor, Clerk, Treasurer and Board of Review — to ensure that this continues. Recent reports that the Board of Review may not be able to meet this obligation are troubling. A Board of Review spokesperson is quoted as stating the agency’s staffing was cut by 20% in FY 18 and that as a result, the Board of Review may not be able to meet its deadlines. The actual reduction in positions was 14.6% and was a direct result of the revenue lost from repeal of the Sweetened Beverage Tax. Further, most of the position reductions swept from the Board of Review were vacancies. Those positions swept amounted to 11 out of more than 1,000 vacancies that were swept county-wide due to the revenue loss; layoffs at the Board of Review amounted to eight out of 328 layoffs county-wide.

 

We made it very clear to separately elected officials that the loss of about $200 million in revenue, without a replacement, would result in staffing reductions throughout Cook County. That these staffing reductions took place should not have been a surprise. Almost six months have passed since the beverage tax was repealed, plenty of time to make any needed adjustments to meet deadlines for timely release of the tax bills. We trust that all the property tax agencies will continue their good faith work to meet deadlines and ensure tax bills get out on time. 

 

-Frank Shuftan

Director of Communications

Office of the President

(312) 603-3323—desk

(312) 343-6480—mobile

frank.shuftan@cookcountyil.gov

 

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