PILSEN — Alderman-elect Byron Sigcho-Lopez is teaming up with the Cook County Treasurer’s Office for a workshop to help residents behind in their property taxes from potentially losing their homes in the annual Cook County Tax Sale.
The workshop is scheduled at St. Procopius Elementary School, 1625 S. Allport St. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.
Across Cook County, nearly 57,000 homeowners are behind on their 2017 property tax payments due in 2018, and are now at risk of having their taxes sold during the annual auction on May 3.
During the workshop, staff from the Treasurer’s Office will help homeowners find out whether they are on the annual Tax Sale list.
Staff will also help senior citizens apply for missing tax exemptions, and search for available refunds.
Sigcho-Lopez said many residents were unaware of the tax sale, and that they were at risk of losing their homes.
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said this workshop would help reach more homeowners, “particularly senior citizens, who might not otherwise know that their homes are on the Tax Sale list.”
Last week, Pilsen-based nonprofit the Resurrection Project teamed up with the Treasurer’s Office for similar workshops in Pilsen and Back of the Yards.
Lizette Carretero, homeowner services manager at the Resurrection Project, previously told Block Club Chicago that roughly 300 Pilsen homeowners were at risk of losing their property in the annual sale.
Manuel Venegas, director of outreach and media relations at the Cook County Treasurer’s Office, said they were teaming up with organizations and community leaders across Cook County to ensure homeowners are aware of the annual tax sale and the potential consequences of having their debt auctioned off.
In total, delinquent property taxes total $189.6 million with nearly 20,000 homeowners owing less than $1,000, Venegas said.
“There are some people who just don’t know,” Venegas said. “Some may owe as little as $100. …We hate the idea that someone can potentially lose their house because they don’t know the situation,” Venegas said.
Venegas said homeowners unable to attend a workshop can log on to the treasurer’s website to find out whether they are delinquent on their property taxes and how much they owe.
Homeowners with questions can also visit the Cook County Treasurer’s Office, at 118 N. Clark St. #112, or call 312-443-5100 for assistance, Venegas said.
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