Deadline Announced for Appealing Your Property Taxes in Palos Township for 2018
As of April 3, The Cook County Assessor has opened the window for appealing residential property taxes in Palos Township. The deadline for homeowners in the following suburbs to file a property tax appeal is Wednesday, May 3, 2018:
- Palos Heights: west of Harlem
- Palos Hills: all
- Palos Park: all
- Bridgeview: south of 87th Street and west of Harlem
- Hickory Hills: south of 87th Street
- Orland Park: north of 135th Street
- Willow Springs: south of 87th and east of County Line Road
- Worth: west of Harlem
Appealing Can Save You Hundreds or Thousands
Appealing your home’s assessed value is the only way to achieve property tax relief on your second installment property tax bill in July 2019, other than selling your home or claiming a new exemption. Assessments can be appealed every year, regardless of when a township was reassessed.
The Cook County Assessor’s office encourages all homeowners to appeal to ensure fairness because they have publicly acknowledged that their initial assessments may not accurately reflect your home’s fair value.
Appealing Yourself vs. Using a Service: It’s All about the Comps
Homeowners can appeal directly with the Cook County Assessor via their website. However, unless you have thoroughly researched comparable properties (aka “comps”), which are the most similar homes to yours, you may only win a reduction of hundreds of dollars while foregoing a reduction in the thousands.
A more comprehensive review of comps by an experienced third-party—especially one that purchases all home assessment data from Cook County as it becomes available (3 times per year)—can reveal a much more persuasive analysis that could lead to a reduction in the thousands.
Kensington Research & Recovery, a Cook County property tax consulting company, offers a free assessment of how much your property taxes may be reduced based on up to five comps for your home. There is no obligation to use Kensington to appeal your property taxes following the estimate.