Don't Understand Your Property Taxes? Neither Do I...But This Might Help

As a recent first time home buyer, there are plenty of things that I'm picking up as the weeks/months go on...but one thing that still makes zero sense is my property taxes.

Anything and everything about them, other than the fact that I have to pay them, is quite a mystery.

Good thing is that I just came across an upcoming seminar that might help me and all of you out there just like me to understand these expensive pieces of paper that we get in the mail a little bit more.

Next Monday, January 16th at the Arlington Heights Library (500 N. Dunton Avenue) at 7pm, Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will be hosting the seminar specifically for taxpayers living in Wheeling Township.

Patlak has done about 60 seminars so far across the Cook County area, and is expecting about 50 to 100 people to show up, said Elly Drake, spokeswoman for the board of review.

The goal is to empower the taxpayers to learn about the process, which a lot of people don’t really understand, and what they can do if they are unfairly assessed, Drake said.

Patlak will give a presentation to help taxpayers understand how property taxes are calculated and explain the Board of Review’s appeal procedure.

The event is free and open to those living in Wheeling Townships, which includes Arlington Heights, Prospect Heights, Wheeling and portions of Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Des Plaines, Northbrook and Rolling Meadows.

I think that with no Monday night football left on TV, this will be a seminar I'll have to make sure I attend!



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