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Think You’re Paying Too Much In Property Taxes? Get Help At Tax Appeal Workshop In Pilsen

Homeowners in Pilsen, who are part of the West Chicago Township, have until Aug. 23 to appeal their property tax assessments.

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PILSEN — The Cook County Assessor’s office, Cook County Commissioner Alma Anaya and Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) will host a workshop to help homeowners appeal their property tax assessment next week in Pilsen.

Representatives from the assessor’s office will answer questions on the appeal process 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday at Benito Juarez High School, 1450 W. Cermak Road.

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

Homeowners who plan to attend are asked to bring their property tax bill, assessment notice and property PIN number.

Assessor Fritz Kaegi released initial assessments of residential and commercial properties for the West Chicago township last month. This assessment area includes homes south of North Avenue, north of Pershing Road, east of Harlem Avenue and west of the Chicago River. Home values are quickly rising in some areas while they’ve stabilized in others, he said.

“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 Chicago homes is Aug. 23. West Chicago’s reassessments and its real estate market data can be found online.

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