Local area lawmakers to host property tax appeal seminar

Three area legislators are hosting free seminars next week to help residents better understand their tax bills and how to appeal property tax assessments.

Rising property taxes have inspired area state lawmakers Sen. Christine Radogno, R-41st of Lemont, Rep. Jim Durkin,R-82nd of Western Springs and Rep. Ron Sandack, R-81st of Downers Grove will host the sessions.

“We continue to push for tax relief for hardworking Illinoisans and through these seminars we are hoping to help residents not only evaluate their tax bill, but also understand how to navigate through the appeal process,” Radogno said. “An informed tax base is key to successfully lowering tax bills for Illinoisans statewide.”

Durkin said residents who had “stocker shock” when opening their tax bills, who feel their property is over assessed, should attend.

“This seminar is very informative as we reveal the mystery behind the process of how your property tax bill is determined and how to appeal if you believe your assessment is too high,” he said.

Both sessions are scheduled for Thursday, July 31. The first is at 10 a.m. at the Lisle Township Tax Assessors Office, 4721 Indiana, Lisle. The second is at 6 p.m. at the Darien Police Department, 1701 Plainfield Road.

At the Lisle session, assessor John Trowbridge will assist in the presentation on how taxes are assessed and how property owners can seek an appeal. In Darien, Theresa Cockrell, the Downers Grove Township assessor, will assist. The Darien location is limited to 43 participants. RSVP by calling Radogno’s office at 630-243-0800, Sandack’s office at 630-737-0504, or Durkin’s office at 630-325-2028.

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