Susan Moylan Krey
Assessor
Assessor

Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption Application Deadline is Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Maine Township Assessor, Susan Moylan Krey, announced that the Cook County Assessor mailed the Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2016. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Seniors must complete the application (Senior and/or Freeze) in order to continue to receive the deductions on their 2016 Second Installment Property Tax Bills. Maine Township Seniors can drop off their application at the Maine Township Assessor's office.

Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program
Senior citizens sixty-five years of age or older who are struggling with property taxes can defer payment of their property taxes until their homes or condominiums are sold. The Senior Citizen Tax Deferral Program allows seniors to defer as much as $5,000 of their property tax bill every year.

To qualify for the deferral program, seniors must have annual household income of less than $55,000, have equity in their homes that exceeds the sum of property taxes deferred, and have lived in their homes for at least three years. Properties held in a trust are not eligible for the program, although there are some exemptions to this rule. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2017 to the Cook County Treasurer.

The tax deferral program is essentially a loan from the state that is charged simple interest of 6% per year. To assure repayment, a lien is placed on the senior’s home that will prevent it from being sold until the loan is paid.

Seniors with additional questions about the deferral program can call the Maine Township Assessor's office.
                                                                                                                                             
The main role of the Assessor's office is to serve our residents. The Assessor's office is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday-Friday. This office is your liaison to the Cook County Assessor's office. The Cook County Assessor is responsible for estimating the value of your property, which determines your assessed valuation. This assessed valuation does determine the overall share of taxes you will pay.
Residential Property Tax Exemptions
There are four common types of residential property tax exemptions: Homeowner's Exemption, Homestead (Senior) Exemption, Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze, Homestead Improvement Exemption. Learn more...

Appealing Your Assessment
If you believe your assessed valuation is too high, you can file an appeal, and have the Cook County Assessor reassess your property. Our office will help you in filing your appeal. You do not need an attorney. Learn more...

Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions. Learn more...
Important Telephone Numbers
Maine Township Assessor: 847-297-2510
Cook County Assessor: 312-603-5300
Cook County Board of Review: 312-603-5542
Cook County Clerk: 312-603-5656
Cook County Treasurer: 312-603-5100
Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board: 217-782-6076
Cook County Recorder of Deeds: 312-603-5050
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