Cook County assessments: A property-t...

Cook County assessments: A property-tax cut? Good luck

There are 8 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 11, 2009, titled Cook County assessments: A property-tax cut? Good luck. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A wet cloth to the forehead may be the best preparation for analyzing the real-world impact of property-tax reform plans such as the one unveiled Monday by Cook County Assessor James Houlihan.

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Homer Glen, IL

#1 May 12, 2009
Ahhh our lovely tax system. Talk about something that should be totally scrapped

Glen Ellyn, IL

#2 May 12, 2009
AMAZING, how all these suggestions and ideas come out of these crooked politicians beaks when the time approaches for re-election. These low life politicians will say anything to get back on the public payroll and keep raping the taxpayer. We will see many children backdrop props to promote their sleazy and underhanded ideas. They will cater to the dead beats and to worthless leaches on welfare that suck the life out of the taxpaying public to get re-elected, because both, the politician and the people that rely on the public for services are one of a kind.
Bob - Wheeling

Chicago, IL

#4 May 12, 2009

United States

#5 May 12, 2009
At least Houlihan acknowledges property values have plunged. Now the heart of the problem, what can we do about the tax laws? Municipalities having the ability to compensate for lower assessed values by simply increasing the tax rate is the root cause of this problem. We need to eliminate that option, but how?

Crest Hill, IL

#6 May 12, 2009
Make it very clear to municipal government that they increase tax rates upon threat of losing their jobs - either by the ballot box or by residents demanding the firing of village managers, etc. These times afford a unique opportunity for property owners to take back control of the municipal governments from the tax-and-spend politicians and their flunkies. Go for it!

El Dorado Hills, CA

#7 May 12, 2009
Give me a break. Politicians like Daley, Houlihan, Blagojevich, Stroger and Obama are always talking about lowering taxes, yet taxes keep going up. The entire state of Illinois needs to vote these idiots out of office. My property taxes went up by over 16% as housing prices fell. As an excuse, they say that assessments were calculated when housing prices were higher. But the housing boom of three years ago was caused by illegal activity by financial institutions, which is over-seen by the government. This means that today's market is going through a correction, which means that our assessments should also be "corrected". But of course, they did not correct our assessments as they should have. It is the assessor's RESPONSIBILITY and it is the lawmakers' RESPONSIBILITY to calculate fair property tax amounts. Since they admit that it is not fair, then some people should be sent to jail for grand theft. The officials responsible for over-charging property tax payers are CRIMINALS and they belong in JAIL!! STOP OBAMA'S SOCIALIST TAKEOVER OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY! VOTE REPUBLICAN!


#8 May 12, 2009
All of you are right, BUT...

will you ever DO anything about it?

Talk is cheap. I don't see any action, and I don't expect to.


#9 May 12, 2009
MrSmith wrote:
If only it were so simple.

I guess it could make a short-term difference in Cook County, but that's all.

Dems and Repubs may speak a bit differently, but they DO very close to the same things.

Keep voting Demopublican, keep getting the same rotten results.

I know, doing anything else is forbidden.

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