Airplane Noise and Pollution Property Tax Appeal Primer**
AVAILABLE NOW: Packet from our 2015 FAiR tax appeal seminar
Thank You for downloading our Property Tax Appeal Primer! With it, you are joining a rapidly growing Coalition of citizens seeking real community-based solutions to the October 2013 runway takeoff and landing changes made at O’Hare airport without any real community input. We hope you find our primer helpful as you consider an appeal. We invite you to share this information with your neighbors, friends and families.
Since October 2013, the Northwest side of Chicago and near Northwest suburbs have experienced a dramatically increased number of airplanes overhead, resulting in significantly increased volume and duration of airplane noise. This increase in the number and frequency of flights also means potentially higher levels of air pollution. Taken together, these impacts reduce the quality of life in our neighborhoods and, potentially, the value of our homes. Based on these changes, none of which were properly presented to residents, FAiR believes that you may be entitled to seek a reduction in property taxes. In order to see if this is indeed the case, please use the above reasons as the basis for your appeal and follow the accepted appeal process for your county.
Diane’s Success Story
In spring of 2014 a member of FAiR appealed her taxes through the Cook County Board of Review. She requested a hearing and attended without legal representation. She provided evidence including:
- The OMP maps of new runways http://www.fairchicago.org/documents/Future_Runway_Layout.pdf
- Articles from The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times about the increase in noise complaints http://www.fairchicago.org/documents/in-the-news/
- A copy of a resolution drafted by Aldermen Marge Laurino (39th) and Mary O’Connor (41st-bordering Park Ridge) calling for a City Council Hearing on this matter. (available at www.fairchicago.org under Documents→Legislative/Legal→Referendum Laurino/O’Connor May 2, 2014)
Diane found the hearing officer attentive and easy to talk to. The officer accepted all of the above materials and placed them in the folder for said property. The result was a reduction in assessed value of approximately 8%!
In addition to the contents of the above property tax appeal packet, we strongly encourage you to include:
- A map (such as Google) showing your home’s location in relation to the runway layout/flight paths;
- Spring 2014 article about Chicago residents winning appeals based on plane noise;
- Additional articles detailing impacts on communities, public officials’ calls for investigations and actions, and articles about the mayor’s/city’s responses/actions (indicating this IS a problem).
- Screen shots from any flight tracking programs you use to illustrate plane altitude and/or frequency over your home (The CDA uses Webtrak)
- Photos or videos of planes over your home that you have taken.
- Comparable homes that have recently sold
All documents and articles can be found at http://www.fairchicago.org/documents
In Cook County, there are two avenues for appealing your property taxes: The Board of Review and/or the Assessor’s Office. In DuPage County, appeals are handled through the DuPage County Board of Review. Detailed information for each office can be found at the following websites:
- DuPage County Board of Review: http://www.dupageco.org/SOA/15127/
- Cook County Board of Review: http://www.cookcountyboardofreview.com/
- Cook County Assessor’s Office: http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/appealssublinks.aspx
The information below is adapted from 10th District Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s Citizen’s Guide to Appealing Property Taxes.(www.bridgetgainer.com)
|Board of Review||Assessor’s Office|
|When can I appeal?||When your property is reassessed (every three years) and you receive the “Notice of Proposed Assessment” ORWhen your township is open for appeals every year.||When your property is reassessed (every three years) and you receive the “Notice of Proposed Assessment” ORWhen your township is open for appeals every year.|
|What do I need?||Completed Board of Review complaint form. Find online at www.cookcountyboardofreview.com||Completed Assessor’s Office Appeal Form. Find online at www.cookcountyassessor.com|
|Where do I submit forms?||Online:www.cookcountyboardofreview.com. Enter your Property Tax Identification Number (PIN) found on your bill and complete the form online.
By Mail: Download, print out and complete complaint form (http://www.cookcountyboardofreview.com/assets/pdfs/BOR_G-1.pdf). Mail it to:Cook County Board of Review118 North Clark Street, Room 601Chicago, IL 60602(Write “COMPLAINT FORM” on the envelope)
In Person: Visit any of the six Board of Review offices in Chicago (City Hall), Bridgeview, Markham, Maywood, Rolling Meadows, and Skokie. (www.cookcountyboardofreview.com/html/boroffices.html)
|Online: www.cookcountyassessor.com. Enter your Property Identification Number (PIN) found on your tax bill and complete the form online.
By Mail: Download, print out and complete a complaint form (www.cookcountyassessor.com/forms/resappeal.pdf). Mail it to:County Assessor Joe Berrios118 North Clark Street, 3rd FloorChicago, IL 60602(Write “COMPLAINT FORM” on the envelope)
In Person: Drop it off at any of the five Cook County Assessor’s Office locations: Chicago (City Hall), Bridgeview, Markham, or Skokie (www.cookcountyassessor.com/officelocations.aspx)
|What happens next?||You may request a hearing with the Board of Review staff to present your case and any evidence you may have. If you decline a hearing, you will be mailed the Board of Review’s decision after their analysis.||The Assessor’s Office will analyze your appeal and mail you the result of your appeal.|
|Help FAiR track how successful your property tax appeals are! Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you’ve filed and again once you’ve obtained your result. Check the website (www.fairchicago.org) regularly to find out how many of us are filing… and winning!!! We can also be found on Facebook.|
**FAiR does not guarantee that you will win your tax appeal and does not profit in any way whether or not you choose to appeal.