Cook County Assessor’s Office mails applications for Senior and Senior Freeze Exemptions

WESTERN SPRINGS – State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) shared with her constituents in Lyons Township today that the office of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios has mailed Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2016. Savings from these exemptions will appear as deductions on the 2017 Second Installment Property Tax Bills mailed this summer.

Nearly 300,000 applications were mailed to seniors who received the exemptions last year.
The application deadline is Wednesday, February 8th and it is imperative that seniors return their application(s) in order to receive their exemption savings on their tax bills.

To qualify for the Senior Citizen Exemption for Tax Year 2016, the property owner must have:
  • Been born prior to or in the year 1951
  • Owned the property during 2016 or have a lease or contract for 2016 which makes them responsible for the real estate taxes
  • Used the property as a principal place of residence in 2016
To qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption for Tax Year 2016, taxpayers must have:
  • Been born prior to or in the year 1951
  • A total household income of $55,000 or less for [income] Tax Year 2015
  • Owned the property or had a legal, equitable or leasehold interest in the property on January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016
  • Used the property as a principal place of residence as of January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016
  • Been liable for the payment of 2015 and 2016 property taxes
Eligible seniors who have never applied for the Senior and/or Senior Freeze Exemptions in the past may visit the Assessor’s website at www.cookcountyassessor.com and download an application or contact the Assessor’s Office at 312-443-7550 and request a form be mailed to them. Applications for the Homeowner Exemption are also available online.

“I encourage everyone in Lyons Township with questions about their property tax bill or what exemptions they may be eligible for to contact the Cook County Assessor’s Office,” Rep. Bellock said. “Or, you can contact our local Lyons Township Assessor, Barbara Weyrick, by phone at 708-482-8300 or via e-mail at bweyrick@lyonsts.com. Their staff is available to help ensure you receive as much exemption savings as possible.”
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