Tax bills on time to Leyden households
Updated: August 6, 2012 6:33AM
Taxpayers in Leyden Township are in for a surprise. Second installment bills for 2011 taxes were mailed out June 28 – on time.
“This is the bill that has typically come out as late as December,” said Mary Trzevny, deputy assessor for Leyden Township. “That (being on time) hasn’t happened since Jimmy Carter was in office.”
She adds that while “everybody is upset with the bill being out so early, it really isn’t. This is statute.”
The tax rates as posted by the Cook County Clerk’s office are a bit confusing. For the village of Franklin Park, it looks like tax rates went up 13.34 percent.
“When you look that over, you’re not understanding the percentages,” Trzevny said. “The percentage changes are from the drastic drop in the equalized assessed value. They have to raise the tax rates to balance.”
In the end, Trzevny said, the taxing bodies – municipal governments, libraries, park districts, etc – are getting the amount they levied.
“It looks like the taxing bodies are getting more money, but they are not,” she said.
While it’s too late to appeal the 2011 tax bill, taxpayers will be able to appeal their 2012 year tax bill sometime in mid-July – though the exact dates have not been determined.