Changes to county assessor’s website improve property searches

A major change to the Cook County Assessor’s website should make searching for data much easier.

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi said the updates to the website at will give taxpayers access to neighborhood-level data about comparable properties in their area. The website changes provide a more streamlined design and data solution.

Prior to these changes, Cook County taxpayers would need to search multiple areas of the assessor’s website to review how a property’s square footage, building assessed value and land assessed value compare to similar properties within a neighborhood. This important information is needed to determine a property’s assessed value and provide a more transparent understanding of the fairness of a particular assessment. 

This information is also useful for taxpayers who wish to file an appeal.

Properties in the southern suburbs will be re-assessed in 2020.

“Our office will be transparent in how we determine a taxpayer’s assessment,” said Kaegi. “We’ll be publishing our models and code in the coming months and re-launching our website at a future date. But there are other smart changes, like this, that we can make immediately.”

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