Friday, September 4, 2009

Tax Bill Session Sept. 21 in Grayslake

September 4, 2009

GRAYSLAKE -- A discussion of the tax assessment process will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Road.

Lake County Chief Assessor Martin Paulson, James Glogovsky of the county's Tax Extension Office and Andrew Searle, business manager of Fremont School District 79, will be guest speakers at the event.

"We feel that we've made tremendous progress in making the property assessment and appeal process more transparent," said Citizens Action Project President John Wasik. "The third phase is breaking down the tax bill itself. That's where we feel the focus should be."

Assessing property received a makeover with the Homestead Assessment Transparency Act, which requires assessors to put more detailed information on assessment notices that are mailed yearly to property owners, Wasik said, noting that CAP helped prepare language for the bill.

"CAP started because of a few frustrated citizens who wanted answers and action," he said. "Only through the support of citizens who attend our events and show their elected representatives that they are not satisfied are we able to have a voice."

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