Cook County property taxpayers in a Chicago or suburban tax increment financing (TIF) district will soon learn how much of their money is being diverted from local units of government and sent to a TIF program now that the data is being added to county tax bills.
Cook County Clerk David Orr released his 2012 TIF revenue report Thursday and announced that the second installment of the 2013 property tax bill will include the TIF information. The bills will be mailed during the summer of 2014.
Currently, Cook County tax bills for constituents living within a TIF district show zero dollars are being siphoned off into a TIF fund. But there were 435 active TIF districts in Chicago and suburban Cook County, which pulled in a collective $723 million during the 2012 tax year, according to Orr’s report.
Tom Tresser, co-founder of the CivicLab, is one of many Chicago TIF activists who have been calling for the information to be included on property tax bills. Tresser said the data is going to make “all the difference in the world” when it comes to TIF transparency.
“Your tax bill is lying to you when it says zero,” Tresser said. “It’s not zero.”
Cook County Clerk David Orr released the the tax increment financing revenue report from 2012 Thursday, urging Chicago leadership to declare a surplus as a means to allocate some of the funds to schools.
The Chicago City Council’s remap of its 50 wards this year means new
polling places for Chicago residents looking to cast their ballots tomorrow.
is going to be an issue for some of our voters who don’t check their
polling places,” acknowledged Langdon Neal, chairman for the Chicago
Board of Election at a press conference this morning. “If you do not
follow the instructions and you don’t check your polling place, you
Neal said that Chicago voters uncertain about where
to vote tomorrow can call the Chicago Board of Elections at 312-269-7870
and “we can tell you where to go.”
Windy City voters may also
text message their street address to 312-361-8846 to get their polling
place. For example, the common address number then street format of 1234
W. 56th St. would produce a reply text with a polling place.
gave these nitty-gritty logistics at a press conference intended to
promote the success of early voting in Chicago and suburban Cook County.
Neal and Cook County Clerk Orr say the percentage of registered voters who participated in early balloting this year set a new record.