Appealing your property assessment
There are several grounds for a property tax appeal. The most common are -
  • A lack of uniformity
  • Major factual errors in the description of a property
  • Property that has been demolished or damaged by fire or flood
  • Purchase price or new construction
There are three levels of property tax appeal available to property owners in Stickney Township and throughout Cook County. They are -
The Cook County Assessor's Office (CCAO)
  • Sends out assessment notices
  • Appeal by deadline
  • Can appeal online
  • No hearing on appeal
  • Does not grant tax refund for successful appeal
  • Assessed value reduction reflected on second installment tax bill
  • Does grant tax refund for missed exemptions (up to three years)
The Couk County Board of Review (BOR)
  • Appeal by deadline
  • Assessor-level appeal not required
  • Can appeal online (as of September 2011)
  • Hearing on appeal - attendance not required
  • Does not grant tax refund for successful appeal
  • Assessed value reduction reflected on second installment tax bill
The Property Tax Appeal Board of Illinois (PTAB)
  • Appeal by deadline - 30 days after BOR close
  • BOR-level appeal required
  • Hearing on appeal - attendance required
  • Cannot appeal online
  • Does grant tax refund for successful appeal
All appeals must be filed in a timely manner. Contact our office to determine the filing deadlines for each level.
The Assessor's Office and BOR offer the most immediate relief to property taxpayers. Successful appeals result in a reduction of assessed value. Assessed value is the taxable portion of the estimated market value of a property.