Seniors deserve bigger break on property taxes

2013-08-06T00:00:00Z Seniors deserve bigger break on property taxes nwitimes.com
August 06, 2013 12:00 am

Guess a senior has no constitutional rights in Cook County. When we tried to get a small reduction in our property taxes to pay some necessary medical bills at the Cook County assessor's office, we discovered they will not allow an appeal for a senior citizen, since they already provide a decent reduction for us.

They explained if we do appeal our personal property tax, the assessor's office would take the homeowner's, senior citizen and senior freeze exemptions, and we would have to start again, with a possible higher property tax next year.

Who made up this "no appeal rule" for hard-hit seniors with fixed incomes? They make it so complex to get an appeal that a person just gives up.

We appreciate the seniors exemptions, but a few hundred dollars saved in an appeal would mean the senior could live longer in his home. These seniors pay their property taxes that help the government employees with their pensions, county bills, etc. 

- Jerry Cole, Lansing

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