Board of Review Opens Maine Township for 2020 Appeals

Maine Township residents will have their second opportunity to file a 2020 appeal with the Cook County Board of Review from November 16 through December 15, 2020.

Maine Township Assessor’s Office will assist residents in filing appeals between November 16 through December 11, 2020.  The December 11th township deadline will allow the Maine Township Assessor time to transmit the paperwork to the Cook County Board of Review by the December 15th county deadline.  This will ensure all paperwork is processed timely.  All appeals will be filed, when requested by the taxpayer, by calling our office at 224-257-4830.  We will then file the appeal on your behalf.  Please be advised, taxpayers must be the owner, former owner liable for the tax, beneficiary of the trust or an executor of the property in order to file an appeal.  Once we have processed the appeal, we will mail you the confirmation. 

If a resident prefers to file their own appeal, our office will provide you with comparable properties that can be uploaded to www.cookcountyboardofreview.com.   Results from The Board of Review will be mailed directly to the appellant in Spring 2021.  Any reductions will be reflected on the 2020 second installment tax bill.  The Cook County Board of Review is closed for all in person access to the public due to COVID19, therefore the procedure for hearings has changed.  As of today, the Cook County Board of Review informed us that hearings will be held over the telephone.          

The office will be closed November 26th and 27th, in observation of the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

November 24 Virtual Board Meeting Participation Instructions

The November regular board meeting will be held Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm for bill review with the regular meeting starting at 7:30 pm. This meeting will be held as a virtual open meeting using Zoom video conferencing.

To watch or participate in this meeting via Zoom video, click the following Video Link. To obtain passcode to connect to this meeting via Zoom, please call Richard Lyon at 224-257-4869 prior to 6:00 pm on November 24, 2020. You do not need a Zoom account to participate in the meeting. You can view from a computer, tablet, or smart phone and can view from a computer even if you do not have a webcam.

If watching from a computer without a webcam or microphone, you will need to call 312-626-6799 and enter Meeting ID: 876 9268 4899 when prompted if you wish to engage in public participation during the meeting. If you prefer to listen or participate by phone only, also please dial 312-626-6799 and enter Meeting ID: 876 9268 4899 when prompted. To obtain passcode to connect to this meeting by phone, please call Richard Lyon at 224-257-4869 prior to 6:00 pm on November 24, 2020.

Instructions for New Zoom Users:
If you have never used Zoom on your device before, please allow a few minutes for set up prior to the start of the meeting. If using a computer, when you click the above link you will be prompted to download and install Zoom. If using a smart phone or tablet, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Updates from Assessor

COVID19 Property Adjustments for Residential Property

Cook County Assessor announced back in April that most properties will receive COVID19 adjustments to the 2020 property values. These reductions were granted based on local unemployment.  The median adjustment was 10% and neighborhoods with larger increases in unemployment had larger adjustments.  Maine Township COVID19 letters have not yet been released by the Cook County Assessor.  We are hopeful that the letters will be released in December.  All adjustments will impact the 2020 second installment property tax bill due in 2021.   

2020 Cook County Assessor’s Appeal Decisions Certified on 11/5/2020

If Maine Township residents filed a 2020 appeal with the Cook County Assessor, result letters should be mailed the week of November 16, 2020.  Due to the change in deadlines, there will not be a 2020 re-review.  Residents will have an opportunity to file an appeal to the Cook County Board of Review.  We expect to open soon for 2020 appeals to the Board of Review.

2020 Board of Review, Getting Ready to Open for Appeals Soon

While we do not yet have an official open date, we wanted to let you know that due to COVID19, all appeals will be done when requested by the taxpayer by calling our office at 224-257-4830.  We will then file the appeal on your behalf.  Please be advised, taxpayers must be the owner, former owner liable for the tax, beneficiary of the trust or an executor of the property in order to file an appeal.  Once we have processed the appeal, we will mail you the confirmation. 

If a resident prefers to file their own appeal, our office will provide you with comparable properties that can be uploaded to www.cookcountyboardofreview.com.   Results from The Board of Review will be mailed directly to the appellant in Spring 2021.  Any reductions will be reflected on the 2020 second installment tax bill.  The Cook County Board of Review is closed for all in person access to the public due to COVID19, therefore the procedure for hearings has changed.  As of today, the Cook County Board of Review informed us that hearings will be held over the telephone.          

Maine Township Open to Residents By Appointment Only

The Maine Township Town Hall is open to residents for services by appointment only. No residents will be allowed into the building without an appointment. Please contact the specific department you need in order to set up an appointment prior to coming to the building. All residents will be required to wear masks when entering the building and proper social distancing measures and capacity limits will be adhered to. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. See below for additional details.

To schedule an appointment please call 847-297-2510 and ask for one of the following departments or extensions:

  • Assessor x255
  • Clerk x222
  • General Assistance x236
  • MaineStay x241

Food Pantry Hours

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine Township Food Pantry is open to residents of Maine Township between the hours of 10-3 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday. Visitors to the pantry must sign the sign-in sheet and show proof of residence in Maine Township. Given the amount of boxes going out the pantry must restrict services to Maine Township residents only. It also must limit it to at most once a week. Pre-made boxes cannot be substituted or changed.

Donations Needed for Maine Township Food Pantry

Maine Township Food Pantry is in need of donations to feed more families struggling during this difficult time. Visit the Food Pantry page for a list of needed items. Monetary or food donations may be dropped off during normal business hours of 9-5 pm Monday through Friday at the Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Rd., Park Ridge. Check donations may be mailed to Maine Township Food Pantry, 1700 Ballard Rd., Park Ridge.

A GoFundMe page has been set up pursuant to much appreciated help from Park Ridge Alderman John Moran for people who wish to make monetary donations for our Food Pantry, while sheltered in place. Alderman Moran will, through a network of community volunteers, then coordinate with “shoppers” to help us obtain actual food which has been the most challenging for our pantry. Many of our usually suppliers are not processing bulk orders at this time or the wait time is increased greatly. Please visit the GoFundMe page to donate if you seek to donate money to support  Maine Township Food Pantry.

Another option for people or groups that may want to donate to our Food Pantry is to start their own drive through yougivegoods.com.

Your contributions will strengthen our community by helping others in need.