What the Assessor doesn't know can hurt you


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With trepidation I just opened my notice from the Cook County Assessor to yet again discover that I am paying more than my fair share of taxes.

How do I know that I am paying more than my fair share?

I went to the Cook County Assessor's website and reviewed the official county records for all the homes on my block that are listed in the same property class as my home. There are 12 homes on my block that are listed in property class 2-05 (single family dwellings that are older than 62 years, 2 stories or more, and up to 2,200 square feet).

Yet my home is the only one listed as having central air conditioning. It kinda makes me wonder what those noisy machines that sit outside the homes of several of my neighbors actually do.

Also, my home has 1.5 baths. A home nearby is listed on the Cook County Assessor's records as having 1 baths but actually has more baths than mine.

A house across the street is currently for sale and advertised as having a "finished" basement. I guess it must be newly finished and so new it is not yet listed in the assessor's records. Yeah, I'm sure that's it.

I won't even bring up the home listed in the Cook County records as having only one story. Boy, that is one tall story.

So before you call me bitter and self-righteous take a look at the assessment form you recently received. Is it accurate? Are you paying your fair share?

Name witheld upon request



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