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Cook County Tax Incentive Changes

In a move to improve quality, the Cook County Board has approved an amendment to the tax incentives ordinance. The changes require the use of union-trained construction workers on all projects receiving a tax incentive and are effective September 1, 2018. 

Amazon tax incentives

An analysis of Amazon’s effect on the tax base from an Indiana perspective.

Cook County Treasurer Pappas announces the 2016 annual tax sale

Begins May 4, 2017

Cook County rescinds order extending the tax bill due date.

The Cook County Treasurer has rescinded her order of February 28, 2017; which extended the due date of the 1st Installment tax bills to March 2, 2018. The extension order was issued after the Chase Bank tax payment system failed on February 27, 2018. The failure lasted for a period of 36 hours. 

Cook County extends the deadline to pay property tax bills.

CHICAGO, February 28, 2018 — Due to a glitch in JPMorgan Chase’s online tax-payment system, the deadline will be extended to 11:59 p.m. on March 2 for anyone paying the first installment of their 2017 Cook County property tax online.

The bank is working around the clock and will restore service as soon as possible, and […]

California proposed property tax changes

Will affect commercial real estate.

Swapping Property Tax with a Sales Tax

Bad Math: Replacing property taxes with higher sales taxes doesn’t add up for Texans
By Dale Craymer,  Feb. 5, 2018

Photo by Steven Depolo

It’s no exaggeration to say that Texans don’t like paying property taxes, as we have some of the highest in the nation. Could we kiss those tax bills goodbye by modestly increasing the […]

Arden, Delaware

I’m reading “Delaware’s Odd, Beautiful, Contentious, Private Utopia/Arden is a suburb, an artist’s colony, and a radical political experiment” by Jesse Walker at Reason.com.

I’m reading about Arden — here, in pre-dawn Madison, Wisconsin — because Meade and I were talking about growing up in the early 1960s, when you saw lots of kids outside playing all […]

Mass Appraisal Method Upheld in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently rejected an argument that the City of Milwaukee did not properly follow Wisconsin’s property tax assessment law when it used a mass appraisal method to value an income-producing property.

Metropolitan Associates challenged tax assessments on seven Milwaukee properties from 2008 to 2013. The parties agreed to present evidence on one property, […]

2018 Cook County Triennial Reassessment

The Cook County Assessor has mailed the first notices for the 2018 triennial reassessment.