CHICAGO - COOK COUNTY: Property tax forum Thursday 1/28Submitted by africkinamerican on Tue, 01/26/2010 - 18:12
Apologies for the late notice ... however, Chicago and "Crook" County residents might want to know about this.
Elections are coming up and that includes the person who is in part responsible for valuing your property for taxation (if you own any) or your landlord's (which you wind up paying). County Assessor is not a "sexy" office but it does effect everybody. If you want to make changes in government, the city and county are the places to start.
Note, this event is at a private club and there is a dress code. You will need to RSVP ASAP, though I hear they won't turn away walk-ins unless i's really packed. Come by and get involved and find out about the background and commitment to fairness of the person who'll be partly responsible for your taxes for the next 4 years.
FORUM GIVES CHANCE TO GRILL WOULD-BE ASSESSORS
In a time of recession, tax hikes, service cuts and concerns over clout and favoritism, it's more important than ever that Cook County residents know who's going to be responsible for setting their taxes. To that end, the Union League Club of Chicago and the Henry George School of Social Science will present a Cook County assessor candidates forum on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.
The forum, to be moderated by Better Government Association Executive Director Andy Shaw, will focus on ensuring fair, clear property assessments in a system often described as unfair. Advocates for greater transparency and equity say it's too easy for the well-connected to get their assessments selectively reduced -- forcing other taxpayers to make up the difference.
The forum will include statements by candidates as well as an audience Q&A session.
The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required by calling (312) 435-5946 by the end of Tuesday, January 26. Business casual attire is required: for men, a collared shirt (including turtleneck) and slacks; for women, slacks or skirt with a blouse or sweater.
The Henry George School of Social Science (http://www.hgchicago.org), a 75-year-old nonprofit organization whose motto is “Education for Freedom,” teaches classical political economy with emphasis on free markets and economic justice.