Assessor Patricia K. Damisch
Northfield Township Assessor
Patricia K. Damisch CIAO
2013 Reassessment is Coming
Cook County is comprised of more than 1.8 million properties. The Assessor divides the county into three parts and reassesses one-third of the total parcels annually. 2013 is the north suburbs turn to be re-evaluated. On August 5, 2013 every property owner in Northfield Township will be mailed a reassessment notice. If you disagree with your new value, you will then have 30 days to file an appeal.
The 2013 assessments are based on sales trends for the last three years. We thus expect our numbers to decrease. However, since most homes' worth declined this will not mean your tax bill will go down.
What can you do to prepare for the reassessment? Make note of any homes in your neighborhood that are the same style and size as your home. They will make the best comparables when you start to determine if your new number is fair. If you have had a drastic change in the condition of your home due to fire, flooding or mod, start gathering the documentation to prove that the value has been affected.
At Northfield Township we are happy to assist you with any aspect of this process. During our reassessment we will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursdays from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to noon.
New Property Tax Information Website
In early April 2012, Cook County unveiled a one-stop property tax information website enabling residents to access more information than ever before at one location. The new property tax portal, accessed at www.cookcountypropertyinfo.com combines information from various county offices into one unified site, allowing residents access to a streamlined process to handle all their property tax issues. Taxpayers will no longer need to visit up to six county offices to piece together the record on their properties-that information is now all found on the Property Tax Portal.
Residents will be able to access information on assessment appeals to the Board of Review; ownership and liens from the Recorder of Deeds; payments and refunds from the Treasurer; valuation, exemptions and appeals from the Assessor; prior bill statuses, delinquencies and Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIF) information from the Clerk and a plethora of other helpful information.
The site also includes a link that explains how property taxes work with an easy to understand flow chart. Another feature is that taxpayers may conduct a search by Taxing District name to view debt disclosures and /or download any financial statement uploaded by a particular agency.