Always protest your assessment

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While I cannot fault Bill Niro or anyone else for outrage at a 29 percent real estate tax assessment increase, one cannot assume that one's prior assessment was accurate. It is entirely possible that Mr. Niro's home was previously under-assessed so that his 29 percent increase is partially attributable to increased value and partially attributable to eliminating prior under-assessment. It is also entirely possible that both the old and new assessments are materially and arbitrarily inaccurate. Bottom line: always protest your assessment — and be thankful Berrios has been voted out of office.

Bob Stigger

Oak Park

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Franz Hayek  

Posted: July 25th, 2018 7:01 PM

Oops. Poor conjugation. It should say...... I'm not saying...

Neal Buer from Oak Park  

Posted: July 25th, 2018 6:21 PM

This is a red herring. This is a spending problem, not an assessment problem. When you appeal your taxes, your neighbor has to pay the difference. The village, schools, and all taxing bodies still get the same amount of money. As Huey Long said, "Don't tax him, don't tax me, tax the man behind the tree." When you appeal and get a reduction, I hope you are happy in the knowledge that you just screwed your neighbors.

Franz Hayek  

Posted: July 25th, 2018 5:15 PM

Challenging your assessment is a smart idea. However, it should bother every property owner that so many assessments are appealed and revised. Those with success challenges should be the exception, not the rule. I'm not say people should not win reductions, I'm saying the system is obviously broken when so many win the challenge, again, winning should be a smaller portion, not a majority. This just supports the notion that the assessment appeal process has created a huge amount of revenue for several well connected law firms run by local Democrats. The conflict is so blatant. FH

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