Property Tax Basics for Finance Directors (Cook County Focus)

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Time 12:00pm
Delivery Method Webinar
Field of Study Finance - Technical
NASBA CPE Earn 1.50 CPE Hours
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This webinar will provide an overview of Illinois Property Tax Assessments, Levies, and Rates for local governments.  All Illinois units of local government are welcome to join and benefit from the general discussion, however please note that there will be a specific focus on Cook County processes.  This will include a discussion on the property tax assessment and collection process, including which documents Finance Directors need to file on an annual basis and when during the levy year those filings need to occur.  

There will also be a discussion of what process is used to calculate property tax rates, including how the Illinois tax cap law acts as a limitation on tax rates and extensions for certain non-home rule communities.  Further, the methodology for how property is assessed will be discussed, as well as how increases or decreases in assessments impact tax rates.  Additionally, the impact on taxing bodies of both tax increment finance districts and voted bond referenda will be discussed.  

Tanya Anthofer, Manager of Maps and Tax Extension for Cook County Clerk
Ali El Saffar, Oak Park Township Assessor and President of the Cook County Township Assessors Association

Learning Objectives:  Participants completing this session will be able to:

  1. Understand the property tax process and timeline, including how and when to file necessary documents;
  2. Learn the process used to calculate property tax rates including how the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL or the “Tax Cap Law”) limits tax rates and extensions;
  3. Determine how property values are assessed and the impact of valuation increases and decreases on tax rates, and
  4. Explore the impact of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and Referenda on tax rates

Intended Audience: Finance Professionals
Delivery method: Group Internet Based
Program Level: Overview
Prerequisites: No prerequisites required 
Advanced Preparation: No advanced preparation required
Field of Study: Finance - Technical
Earn about 1.50 CPE credit

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