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Pappas: taxes biting businesses, blacks, Latinos harder

From staff reports

Businesses in Cook County, as well as black and Latino suburban property owners are bearing the brunt of 2020’s property tax increases, according to an analysis of nearly 1.8 million bills by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ office.

The county will collect more than $16.1 billion in property taxes this year. That’s an increase of $534 million, or more than 3.4%, from last year. Second Installment bills were posted online Aug. 12 and will be mailed to taxpayers later this month.

The analysis, along with more than 100 pages of detailed tables on suburbs, townships and Chicago, is available at cookcountytreasurer.com.

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Key findings include:

  • Commercial and industrial property owners in Cook County – in the suburbs and the city – are carrying a heavier share of the increased tax burden. Businesses are being billed more than $7 billion, an increase of $410 million, or 6.2%. Homeowners are being billed $8.9 billion, an increase of $114 million, or 1.3%.
  • Property tax increases are hitting majority black and Latino communities – both their homeowners and businesses – the hardest. These communities make up six of the top 10 areas with the largest tax increases for homeowners and seven of the top 10 increase for commercial properties.
  • In the south suburbs, where taxes are already greater than in other parts of Cook County, some property owners are paying three to five times as much in taxes as the owner of an equally valued property in Chicago.

“Our research shows that inequities in the property tax system persist, particularly for businesses and black and Latino property owners, and especially in the south suburbs,” Pappas said. “The 2020 property tax increases are exacerbating financial stresses in these communities and thwarting economic progress and generational wealth-building.”

Not all property owners will see their bills increase because a number of factors determine property taxes. For 2020, several items affected the tax bills:

  • As scheduled, the Cook County Assessor’s Office last year revalued all properties in the suburbs south of North Avenue.
  • The Assessor’s Office lowered the assessed values of many properties elsewhere in Cook County, citing the economic effects of the pandemic. The value of all residential properties was reduced by about 10%. Not all commercial properties received COVID reductions.

The analysis found commercial and industrial property owners generally will see bigger increases in their bills than homeowners, as the overall tax burden continues to shift to them. The higher taxes come as many businesses continue to struggle with a loss of revenue as a result of the pandemic.

In 2020, business properties in the south and southwest suburbs took on another 1.5% of the tax burden, compared with a 1.1% shift from residential to commercial in the north and northwest suburbs and a 1.3% shift from residential to commercial in Chicago. The shift in the tax burden in the south and southwest suburbs is striking, particularly for commercial property owners.

In Chicago, tax bills vary widely from ward to ward. About 84% of business property owners, compared with half of homeowners, are being billed more than last year. The median residential tax bill is $3,341, down by $1.63, or .05%. The median commercial tax bill is $9,659, an increase of $761, or 8.6%.

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