Our Chicago: Democratic Cook County assessor candidates Fritz Kaegi, Kari Steele

Our Chicago: Democratic Cook County assessor candidates Fritz Kaegi, Kari Steele

CHICAGO (TOC) — The job of the Cook dinner County assessor is to ascertain a good and correct evaluation on near 1.8 million parcels throughout the county.

That evaluation performs a job in figuring out how a lot you pay in property taxes. There are two Democrats operating for the workplace.

Fritz Kaegi is the incumbent. He was elected to that workplace in 2018. On the time, he stated he would overhaul the system making it extra truthful and clear.Our Chicago: Half 2

“We made positive that the largest buildings downtown had been paying their fair proportion and that has held the road for householders. Residential property taxes up only one % every of the final two years in Cook dinner County. And for almost all of householders in Chicago and the vast majority of the householders within the north suburbs had decrease property tax payments final yr for the primary time in 10 years. Many within the south suburbs did too in locations like Harvey and Markham the place the common property tax invoice was down greater than $500,” Kaegi stated, occurring to state that he modernized the workplace by changing the expertise. “So many individuals’s frustration with the system are as a result of that outdated expertise.”

His challenger is Kari Steele, who’s presently president of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Larger Chicago Board of Commissioners.

“I made a decision to leap into this race as a result of as I traveled throughout the county I am listening to constituents complain in regards to the assessed worth of their property, not understanding why their property tax invoice can be late and I couldn’t sit again and simply take heed to individuals complain about the issue. I needed to be a part of the answer,” Steele stated.

“First, enhance administration on the Cook dinner County Assessor’s Workplace. Additionally, enhance transparency,” Steele stated when requested what she would to do have a extra truthful evaluation course of. “I am going to ensure assessments are truthful, correct and mirror the market and ensure the correct exemptions are utilized.”

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