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Commissioner Michael Cabonargi

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Letter from Commissioner Michael Cabonargi

 

Welcome to the Cook County Board of Review. 

I was sworn in as Commissioner of the Board of Review in February 2011.  I consider it a privilege and an honor to be your voice on the Board.   I represent Chicago's North, Northwest and Southwest sides as well as parts of North & Northwest Suburban Cook County.  I'm a former SEC prosecutor and I'm working to make the Board more efficient and make appealing your property tax assessment with the Board an easier, more user-friendly experience.

The Cook County Board of Review - a check and balance in Cook County's property assessment process to the Assessor - is charged with fairly and impartially reviewing the assessments of property In Chicago and Cook County. Appealing your property tax assessment with the Board is free for all Cook County property owners and your assessment can only be lowered or left unchanged, not raised - meaning there is no risk to you.  Reductions can be made in property tax assessments based on evidence of factual errors in the classification of the property itself, or of lower-assessed similar properties in the area (uniformity).

Our goal is to make the tax appeal process more accessible to taxpayers.  My office conducts property tax appeal seminars in communities throughout the 2nd District.  These events are one way to make the office personally available to you.  We are also available to answer any questions you may have about the tax appeals process.  Partnering with community groups and elected officials across Cook County, we have been able to expand use of our programs in communities that have traditionally underutilized Cook County’s tax appeals process.  Over the past year we have collaborated with 64 governmental partners and a dozen community groups on 59 outreach events to meet our goal of ensuring that everyone in Cook County has the information they need to get a fair tax assessment. 

Thanks to the Board's commitment to make Cook County's tax appeals process more accessible to taxpayers, this has been another record-breaking year at the Board of Review.  We exceeded 2015’s record number of appeals and set a new record with 208,000 cases filed, a 14 percent increase over the previous-record 184,000 cases the year before.

The Board has been able to reduce wait times and manage the increased number of appeals while keeping  expenditures steady and getting tax bills out on time because of DAPS - the Board's new, award-winning digital system and online portal.  Thanks to DAPS you can now file and follow up on your appeal online.  This year, DAPS was recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The award honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.  

Please feel free to contact my office with any questions you may have at (312) 603-5560. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you to improve the Board of Review.

 

Sincerely,

Michael M. Cabonargi

Commissioner, Cook County Board of Review 2nd District