property taxes

County committee advances bill despite Southland objection

The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, March 14, approved an ordinance amendment that south suburban officials believe will have a devastating effect on the local economy.  

“It’s just very disappointing,” Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld said. 

South Suburbs fighting Cook County on proposed change to financial incentive

South suburban officials are raising their voices against a proposed change by Cook County to the Class 8 and other tax exemption that would force contractors to pay a prevailing wage on business work sites.

Some Flossmoor residents upset about Planned Parenthood's new facility

A small group of Flossmoor residents spoke up at the village board meeting on Feb. 5 to voice their displeasure about the opening of a Planned Parenthood facility. Though tempers remained muted, Mayor Paul Braun had to call for order at one point when residents began shouting from the gallery.

New frozen custard shop coming to Homewood in 2018

Halsted Street's food options will make a swap next year, exchanging spicy for sweet. Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld announced at the Dec. 12 board of trustees meeting that Freddie's Frozen Custard will be replacing Taco Bell at 17601 Halsted St.

H-F passes 2017 levy with one ‘no’ vote

District 233 board member Annette Bannon cast a “no” vote on each of the five resolutions dealing with the 2017 tax levy for Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
At its board meeting Tuesday, members voted 6-1 to approve  the board approved the measures setting the levy and complying with state regulations. The taxes will be collected in 2018.

District 161 board approves 2.1 percent tax levy increase

Months of detailed discussions about the 2017 tax levy came to an end when Flossmoor District 161 school board members conducted a public hearing on the levy and voted to approve it.
Action was taken at the Nov.27 board of education meeting.
The levy includes a 2.1 increase based on the cost of living as determined by the Consumer Price Index.  The average homeowner’s increase will be $60 per year.

Home rule proposal in Homewood discussed by District 161 board

Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education members made no decision on whether to endorse a proposal for home rule status in the Village of Homewood.

At the board’s Nov. 13 meeting there was no indication of what action, if any, the board will take on a possible home rule referendum. Homewood trustees are expected to approve a March referendum on home rule at their Dec. 12 meeting. 

Homewood taking steps to address home rule concerns

Homewood officials this week distributed an informational packet in an attempt to address the concerns some residents have voiced about home rule.
The village is exploring the possibility of placing a home rule referendum on the March 20, 2018, consolidated election ballot. 
A home rule municipality has more direct control of its own laws and regulations. 

Two informational seminars set for Bloom Township property tax assessments

The Cook County Assessor’s Office will host two assessment appeal seminars for Bloom Township residents on Tuesday, Sept. 26, and Wednesday, Oct.4.
Bloom Township was one of 17 south and southwest areas where property was reassessed this year.
Residents can have their questions about the reassessment process answered from 6 to 8 p.m. on both Sept. 26 and Oct. 4 at the Bloom Township Center, 425 Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. 

Three changes to property tax exemptions approved by the Illinois legislature

A bill that would increase Homeowner Exemption and Senior Citizen and Senior Freeze Exemption tax relief measures is nearing the finish line to get Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature.
The measure, SB473, started in the Illinois Senate with co-sponsor Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields). It passed 54-0 on May 4 and was sent to the Illinois House. 


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