First Installment Tax Bills Due

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First installment property tax bills for tax year 2014 arrived in the mail recently, according to Cicero Town Assessor Emilio “Emo” Cundari. “Property taxes are paid in two installments,” Cundari said. “The first installment bill is fifty-five percent (55%) of the total property tax bill for the previous year, and will be due to be paid to Cook County on March 3, 2015.” Taxpayers should note that first installment tax bills will not reflect homeowner, senior citizen or other exemptions, nor will they reflect successful assessment appeals that were filed for tax year 2014. “The first installment is just an estimate based on what was paid last year,” Cundari explained. “When the second installment bill is mailed in the summer, it will reflect all exemptions for which the property is eligible as well any savings due to successful 2014 tax appeals.”

Details about Paying Taxes. If monies for property taxes are paid into an escrow account with a taxpayer’s mortgage company, the financial institution should receive the tax bill electronically, even if the taxpayer also receives a copy of the bill. Assessor Emilio “Emo” Cundari advises taxpayers with property tax escrows held by their mortgage companies not to pay property taxes on their own, and check with their mortgage lender, otherwise an overpayment of taxes may result.

Property owners who do not have mortgage companies paying their taxes can make tax payments in person, by mail, or on-line at the Cook County Treasurer’s web site, In-person payments are accepted at the Cook County Treasurer’s downtown Chicago office at 118 N. Clark Street and at any Chase Bank in the Chicagoland/suburban area. For specific questions on your property taxes, please send an email to Cicero Town Assessor Emilio “Emo” Cundari at

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