Monday, August 23, 2010

New-Look Assessment Notices Inspire Homeowner Appeals.


New-Look Assessment Notices Inspire Homeowner Appeals.

Grayslake, IL August 23, 2010 -- Thanks to a new generation of enhanced property assessment notices, appeals for home valuations will soar this year, reports the Citizens Action Project (CAP). "It's clear that homeowners will be better able to question what their assessors are saying about their home values, which continue to drop in many communities," said John Wasik, President of CAP.

CAP is urging homeowners interested in lowering their assessments to attend the organization's annual workshop on Monday, September 13th at 7:30PM at Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake. A professional appraiser, real estate lawyer and citizen who has successfully appealed and lowered his assessment will be on hand to detail the appeal process and answer questions.

Lake County saw a tremendous spike in homeowner appeals last year. CAP was instrumental in enacting reforms to make "blue card" assessment notices more comprehensive. It also wrote and lobbied for The Homestead Assessment Transparency Act, which was passed into law and signed by Gov. Quinn last year.

According to Wasik, "It seems that our legislation not only made assessment notices more transparent, homeowners appear less intimidated to appeal. If Lake County is any indication, assessment appeal boards across the state better be prepared."

CAP is a Lake County-based nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to make fairness, accountability, and transparency the rule rather than exception in government.

A do-it-yourself-guide will be made available at the event. For more information, email or go to


Steve Minsky
Vice President, CAP