Proviso Property Owners Can Appeal Tax Assessments Starting Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23; Heating Bills Could Be Lower This Winter

Money HouseWednesday, October 22, 2014 || By Michael Romain 

Cook County Board of Review appeal deadlines for Proviso Township nearing 

Property owners in Proviso Township seeking to appeal the assessed value of their properties with the Board of Review can begin the process beginning tomorrow, Thursday, October 23, 2014. The deadline for filing appeals is Friday, November 21, 2014.

According to the Citizens’ Guide to Appealing Property Tax Assessments, prepared by 10th District Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, property owners can appeal the assessed value of their properties for a number of reasons, including:

  • “The assessed value of the property is not in line with other similar properties in your neighborhood.”
  • “The proposed assessed value of your property is higher than its actual price.”
  • “There is an error in the description of your property that adversely effects [sic] the proposed assessed valuation of your property.”
  • “Your property has been damaged by fire, flood or casualty and/or part or all of the building has been demolished.”
  • “You may have other grounds to appeal that are specific to your property.”

“A Cook County Board of Review Property Tax Appeal is the last opportunity to appeal your property taxes at the county level.  It is also a necessary step to seek relief from the Circuit Court of Cook County or the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB),” according to attorney Antonio Senagore of Fisk Kart Katz Regan & Levy.

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Your Nicor heating bill could be lower this winter (if the hawk cooperates)

Nicor, the largest gas utility in the state which delivers gas to over 2 million customers in the northern third of Illinois, has projected that heating bills in its service area could be lower this winter due to higher temperatures in the utility’s forecast, according to a Crain’s Chicago Business report published yesterday.

Both Nicor and Peoples, another major gas utility, anticipate “normal winter weather, effectively an average of season-long natural gas consumption over the past 12 seasons,” unlike last year’s polar vortex frigidity.

“If temperatures in the upcoming winter are ‘normal’ — meaning, not ridiculously cold — Chicagoans will see a 16 percent decrease in their home heating costs, according to Peoples Gas,” writes Crain‘s. “Likewise, Nicor Gas, the largest gas utility in the state, serving 2.2 million customers in 656 Chicago suburbs, projects that heating bills will be as much as 15 percent lower than last winter.”

However, either, or both, utility’s forecasts could be off the mark, as was the case last year, when “Peoples forecast  that the average household would spend $800 for heating from November through March. The actual tally ended up 36 percent higher, due to much higher usage and also to higher-than-expected natural gas prices as supplies became constrained.”

Whatever the case, what seems to be more certain is that Nicor customers will pay less than Peoples’.

“In most of the suburbs, Nicor’s gas cost is projected to be cheaper than Peoples’. Nicor expects gas costs for the five-month heating season to be nearly 47 cents per therm, down from 49 cents the year before,” Crain‘s reports. VFP

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