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Need Help With Property Tax Appeals? Get Help At A Wicker Park Workshop

Learn how assessments work and how to file an appeal Aug. 17 at West Town Library.

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WICKER PARK — People living in the West Town area can get one-on-one time with Cook County officials to make sure their property tax bills are accurate.

Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) and the Cook County Assessor’s Office are hosting a workshop 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at West Town Library, 1625 W. Chicago Ave.

At the workshop, representatives from the assessor’s office will start with an overview and Q&A about how property tax assessments work. Residents then will be able to work with staffers on how to file an appeal.

Assessments are the process county officials use to analyze the real estate market and assign a fair value to commercial and residential properties. Assessments help ensure people are paying taxes in line with what their buildings are worth.

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi released initial assessments of residential and commercial properties for the West Chicago township last month, saying home values are quickly rising in some areas while they’ve stabilized in others.

“Despite the pandemic, rents have increased since 2018, driving some commercial property values higher while others still see ongoing economic effects from the pandemic,” Kaegi said in a statement.

The last day to file an appeal for West Township is Aug. 23. West Chicago’s reassessments and its real estate market data can be found online.

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