FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Governor Signs Assessment Bill
Grayslake, IL August 7, 2009 -- Citizens Action Project (CAP), a Lake County-based nonprofit organization who's mission is to bring fairness, transparency, and accountability to the property assessment process, is proud to announce the signing of SB0207, the Homestead Assessment Transparency Act, http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=096-0122. Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill into law on Tuesday.
According to Steve Minsky, Vice President of Citizens Action Project, "This legislation is a victory for the Illinois property owner. For too long, they have been in the dark about how assessors calculate property assessments. Moreover, information on what recourse property owners had to challenge their assessments was very confusing. No longer. All of this information will now arrive in the mail on a single sheet of paper as their blue card."
The legislation, written by CAP and Senator Michael Bond, and championed by Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr., gives the taxpayer a clearer understanding of how their assessments are calculated. Excluding Cook County, property owners will see new information on their blue cards (for an example, contact the Chief County Assessor of Lake County, the first county to role out the new format) that give property owners a clearer understanding of their assessments and recourse if they wish to appeal.
CAP will be celebrating the passage of SB0207 on Monday, September 21st at 7PM at Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake as part of "Understanding Your Tax Bill," a moderated discussion with Lake County Chief Assessor Martin Paulson, James Glogovsky of the Tax Extension Office, and Andrew Searle, Fremont School District 79 Business Manager.
Citizens Action Project