Oak Park and River Forest tax bills in the mail

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The second installment of the 2012 property tax bills arrived in the mailboxes of Oak Park residents the first week of July and will be due Aug. 1.

Oak Park residents should carefully review their tax bills to be certain they have received all property-tax exemptions to which they are entitled.

If taxpayers are eligible for Homeowner, Senior Citizen, or other exemptions but have not received them, they should call my office as soon as possible. With proper documentation, we can obtain a lower, alternate tax bill that reflects the value of the exemptions.

How and Where to Pay the Tax Bills:

Taxpayers who make monthly tax escrow payments with their mortgages should not pay the tax bills if their mortgage companies have agreed to pay the taxes. To verify that mortgage companies have paid the taxes as agreed, taxpayers can check the "Payment Status" option on the Cook County Treasurer's website, www.cookcountytreasurer.com.

Those who pay property taxes on their own can either mail their payments to the Cook County Treasurer or pay in person. In-person payments are accepted at the Treasurer's downtown office, 118 N. Clark St., or at any branch of Chase Bank. Chase branches most convenient to Oak Park residents are located at 800 Madison St., 933 Madison, and 1048 Lake St. in Oak Park, 630 N. Harlem Ave. in River Forest, and 6612 W. North Ave. in Chicago.

Payments mailed or paid in person must be accompanied by a tax bill. Residents who have not received their tax bills can call the Oak Park Township Assessor's Office, which will pick up duplicate tax bills. Taxpayers can also pick up duplicate bills at the office of the Cook County Treasurer in downtown Chicago.

Taxpayers do not need a tax bill if they choose to pay their property taxes online. For a $1 convenience fee, taxpayers can make online payments at the Treasurer's website, www.cookcountytreasurer.com.

Ali ElSaffar
Oak Park Township Assessor

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