Cook County Assessor Needs to Pick on my Grandma?

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Cook County Assessor Mails Senior Freeze/Senior Homeowner Exemption Forms

cook county assessor,senior tax exemption,The Cook County Assessor's office notified senior residents that the annual Senior Freeze Exemption and Senior Homeowner Exemption forms were mailed on February 9, 2011.  Initially these forms were to be mailed at the end of March or beginning April of this year so they are extremely early.  The mailing of these forms means that at any time you may begin filing your freeze and exemptions forms with the Schaumburg Township Assessor - Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  These forms must be mailed in no later than March 8, 2011 (and not March 3, 2011 as previously announced in the Daily Herald article on 2/7/2011).  The deadline will be March 8, 2011 to file your Senior Freeze and/or Senior Homeowner Exemption Forms.

So if you were born in 1945 or before you are basically being persecuted in my humble estimation.  You are entitled to this exemption which gives seniors another break (on top of the homeowners exemption) on the equalized assessed valuation of a principal residence. Seniors with annual household income of $55,000 and below can also apply to have the equalized assessed valuation frozen for their principal residence. So depending on your income requirements you can have all 3 exemptions - homeowners, senior and the senior freeze.

Berrios states that mailing the forms in this new procedure will cost the county an estimated $250,000 to $300,000 without factoring in any additional expenditures for outreach (fancy word for answering questions). This is just an additional cost the county absolutely doesn’t need.  I think seniors are being targeting just because they can!  There is a likelihood of seniors not understanding or not knowing this new procedure where they can loose their exemption and make paying their taxes more difficult.  Most seniors are on a fixed and highly budgeted income and can not take another 'knock on the chin' with any tax increases. So on top of the recent reassessment in the county, senior tax exemption,cook county assessor,they are also playing these games with the senior taxpayers.

If they are looking to weed out fraud, I'm afraid they've picked on the least likely target segment - seniors!  

If the county is looking to weed out fraud then they should look within not look to the senior tax payers.  

To make this less discriminatory to the seniors and more equitable to all Cook County owners then all the exemptions should have been redone on all parcels of property within the county.  

Like the senior population has the highest rate of fraud crime! Give me a break. 

Clean up your own back yard Mr. Berrios!



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Virginia Gardner
Roy Wheeler Realty Co. - Charlottesville, VA
Realtor, Charlottesville, Serving Central Virginia

hahahaha... No, the post isn't funny, but your last photo made me laugh out loud! 

Feb 12, 2011 07:29 AM #1
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Oh I was so disappointed when Berrios was reelected . . .

Feb 12, 2011 07:35 AM #2
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Margaret:  Yep, all we can do is put up with him for this current term. Doesn't mean I can't put out a protest for seniors that don't know how to blog!

Virginia: My Grandma was a fiesty thing when she was alive & I know she would have enjoyed my sentiment there in that picture. LOL.

Feb 12, 2011 07:38 AM #3
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Lyn, priceless photos! Today my husbands 80 your old aunt had the same concerns....stop it already, cut them a break!

Feb 12, 2011 01:35 PM #4
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Lyn, thank you for mixing very serious topic with humor. Where do you get your artwork? I love the photos!

Feb 13, 2011 04:17 AM #5
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Ellen: Everyone over 65 just deserves a break already. In IL we just increased the income tax, the sales tax, now this nonsense.  They have a fixed income!

Elizabeth:  Seemed like a fitting picture for the subject.

Feb 13, 2011 05:19 AM #6
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

When I first read "senior freeze" I thought it had to do with your recent snow falls!  All kidding aside, while it's a local issue, the topic is a good one because seniors don't have this type of discretionary funds.  Something else they have to worry about . . . or understand . . . or fill out a confusing form . . .

Feb 13, 2011 07:08 AM #7
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Carla:  Exactly. It might be hard for them to get the form, fill out the form, find the form, whatever - it's just a hassle that seems unnecessary for the overall taxpayers. 

Feb 13, 2011 07:11 AM #8
David Monsour
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Gettysburg, PA

Lyn - I'm loving the bottom pic.  I honestly wish to see that happen to me in real life because I know it would make my day to be flipped the bird by an older lady.

Feb 15, 2011 12:57 AM #9
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Just wanted to add this notice about the deadline extension.

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios announced 3/3/11 that he has extended the deadline for the Senior Citizen Exemption until March 22nd so that all eligible seniors may take advantage of this important money saving exemption.

Mar 13, 2011 10:13 AM #10
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