Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A look at assessmment.

Courtesy of Lake County Journal

To the Editor:
Citizens Action Project, 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 SB 0207, the Homestead Assessment Transparency Act. Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill into law last week.

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 Sen. Michael Bond, D-Grayslake, and championed by Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr., R-Mundelein, 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 SB 0207 at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at the Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Road, 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, business manager of Fremont School District 79.

To learn more, visit,

Steve Minsky
Vice president of Citizens Action Project

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