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Cook County Treasurer to refund $8.3 million in property taxes

Visit treasurer website to see if you’re entitled to a refund

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (January 26, 2019) – The Cook County Treasurer’s office has announced that automatic property tax refunds of $8.3 million will go to nearly 30,000 homeowners—with no application required.

Calling it a “late Christmas present for homeowners” the Cook County Treasurer’s website says the automatic refund is, “another example of using technology to make things easier for taxpayers.”

The reasons for the refunds are diverse, and include a resident overpaying a tax bill, or property tax rates decreasing after payment was submitted.

In the past, homeowners would have to apply to receive a refund but according to the Treasurer’s website, “Using bank, credit card and property records, the Office has electronically determined who made the overpayment in these cases, making refund applications unnecessary.”

Refunds are made in the form of checks or automatically applied to bank or credit card accounts, depending on how payment was originally made. Refunds went out through January 25.

To see if you are entitled to a refund, click here and enter your address or Property Index Number.

The refunds were first announced by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas on December 31, 2018. Lansing Mayor Patty Eidam brought the refunds to the public’s attention during the January 15 Committee of the Whole Meeting.

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Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.