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Civic Federation Report on the 2017 Chicago city budget

CITY OF CHICAGO FY2017 PROPOSED BUDGET:

Analysis and Recommendations

November 1, 2016

Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..1 CIVIC FEDERATION POSITION ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………3

ISSUES THE CIVIC FEDERATION SUPPORTS ………………………………………………………………………………………………….3

Identifying and Dedicating Sources of Funding for all Four City Pension Funds………………………………………..4 Continuing to Reduce the Use of “Scoop and Toss” Borrowing and Eliminating the Practice by 2019………….5 Establishing a Garbage Collection Fund……………………………………………………………………………………………….6 […]

Dark Store Theory of Tax Assessment

Lowe’s lawsuits could start chain reaction; loss of state revenue ‘unconscionable’

By John Sharp | jsharp@al.com
September 22, 2016 

Lowe’s is a home-improvement center behemoth with more than 1,800 stores registering $59.1 billion in annual retail sales in 2015, a nearly 18-percent leap in five years.

But the North Carolina-based chain, in a sweeping effort throughout the […]

McHenry County Protest

A group of frustrated taxpayers made good on a promise to return to the McHenry County Treasurer’s Office to again pay their property taxes in $1 bills.

At least three McHenry County property owners packed thousands of singles into suitcases and briefcases and hauled them to the treasurer’s office in order to pay their property taxes […]

Innovative approach to valuation

The tax authorities in Portugal have decided to increase property tax on residences that offer a good view.

People wait at the employment center to open in Sintra, Portugal. © Hugo CorreiaSpain & Portugal avoid budget fines
The tax on an apartment with decent views and facing south may go up 20 percent, reports The Portugal News.

At […]

Cook County Tax Bills

The 2d Installment 2015 Cook County Tax bills were due to be paid today.

Women’s Property Tax Association

The Women’s Property Tax Association today hosted a seminar entitled “Practice before the PTAB”. Attendance was full and suggest that this was just the first of many more such seminars.

Cook County Board of Review

It was standing room only as the Cook County Board of Review convened for the 2016-17 assessment year. The Board announced minor rule changes and restated their commitment to improve their digital filing system.

Cook County 2015 2d Installment Property Tax Bills

The Cook County 2015 2d installment property tax bills are in the mail and due August 1, 2016. They can be paid at the Cook County Treasurer’s Office or any Chicagoland Chase Bank. 

2015 Cook County Tax Rates Released

Cook County Clerk David Orr has released the 2015 tax rates for more than 1,400 taxing agencies. Chief among them is the city of Chicago where the 2015 rate is 6.867%, an increase of 0.9% over the 2014 rate.

2015 tax bills will be mailed during the last week of June and will be due August […]

States with the highest rates listed

Texas joins Illinois and three Northeastern States with the highest property tax. 
With tax appraisals going out soon, it’s no surprise that Texas is being singled out as a state with some of the highest property taxes.

“While higher median tax rates are seen primarily among states in the northeast, a notable exception is Texas, which has […]