Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi (2nd) unveiled new multi-lingual appeal form guides to help taxpayers reduce their tax payments. The forms, translated into Polish, Spanish and Chinese, are a guide to the existing forms which are exclusively in English. The new language guides are a first step to making the Board of Review multi-lingual and improving the interaction between Cook County taxpayers and the Board of Review. Full translations of the forms will be available for next year’s appeal and in more languages.
“When my father came to America from Italy, he did not speak English, so I understand how language can be a barrier to government services. One of the first goals I have as a new Commissioner of the Board of Review is to create better access to the appeals process and the Board of Review,” said Commissioner Cabonargi. “More than 70 different languages are spoken in Cook County so these translations are vital to ensure all taxpayers in Cook County have the ability to appeal their assessment and participate in this process.”
The new forms will act as a guide for non-English speakers and will be available at property tax appeal seminars being held through Cook County. Commissioner Cabonargi and community leaders host property tax seminars allowing taxpayers the opportunity to ask questions about the appeal process and submit forms to appeal the assessed value of their property. On May 17th the Board of Review appeals period closes for the North, West, South and Lake Townships all in Chicago. These townships represent some of the most diverse communities in Chicago.
“Although this is small step in providing access to the Board, it is significant. Together with Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers we are improving the access, transparency and professionalism of the property tax process while creating new efficiencies to ensure we are serving the taxpayers to the fullest. I am excited about the changes coming to the Board through technology, outreach, and openness,” added Commissioner Cabonargi.
The Cook County Board of Review is a quasi-judicial agency responsible for adjudicating assessment appeals for all property in Cook County. Last year the Board reviewed over 438,000 appeals of assessed value on property in Cook County. Appointed by Chief Justice Timothy Evans, Commissioner Michael M. Cabonargi represents the 2nd District of the Cook County Board of Review, which includes parts of North, South, West and Lake Township. For a map please consult ww.cookcountyil.gov. Please contact Commissioner Cabonargi’s office at (312) 603-5560 with any questions. For more information, please go to www.CookCountyBoardofReview.com.