August 24 Board Meeting Participation Instructions

The August board meeting will be held Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 6:30 pm for bill review with the regular meeting starting at 7:00 pm. This meeting will be held at the Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Road in Park Ridge. The regular meeting at 7:00 pm will also be available to the public via Zoom video conferencing and live-streamed on the Maine Township YouTube channel.

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 August 24, 2021. 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: 835 9478 6398 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: 835 9478 6398 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 August 24, 2021.

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.

News from Assessor’s Office

Anticipated Due Date for 2020 Second Installment Property Tax Bill is October 1, 2021

According to the Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas, she anticipates the mailing of the 2021 tax bills to be sent in late August.  She also stated the anticipated due date is October 1, 2021. 

When you receive you bill, you should review it to ensure you have received all the correct exemptions you are entitled to. 

Cook County Assessor 2021 Appeal Dates are July 23rd Through August 23rd, 2021

The Cook County Assessor has officially opened Maine Township for appeals.  If you wish to file an appeal through our office, we ask that you contact us on or before Wednesday, August 18th to ensure everything is processed prior to the Cook County Assessor’s close date of August 23rd, 2021.  You may call us at 847-297-2510 x255 for assistance. 

Document Shredding Event

On Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 9 am to 12 pm, Maine Township will be sponsoring a free Document Shredding Event for its residents in the Township parking lot at 1700 Ballard Road, Park Ridge. Shred First Inc. of Des Plaines will perform the document shredding.

Please limit your shredding to three plastic or paper grocery-type bags so as to allow all the township residents the opportunity to participate in this event. Also, please make sure you remove all paper clips, binder clips and rubber bands. Staples are acceptable. Spiral notebooks and plastic notebooks will not be accepted for shredding.

Prescription Drug Take Back and Electronics Recycling Event

On Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 9 am to 2 pm, Maine Township and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor a Prescription Drug Take Back and Electronics Recycling Event in the parking lot of the Maine Township Town Hall.

Please see flyer below for more details.

Maine Township Fully Open

The Maine Township Town Hall is fully open to residents for all services. Appointments are still helpful and available to residents who would like to make one in advance. All non-vaccinated residents are required to wear masks when entering the building.

Should you choose 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

Maine Township Food Pantry residents may ONLY use the pantry twice a month in two week intervals. The pantry is open between the hours of 10:30-1 Tuesday and Friday. Visitors to the pantry must sign the sign-in sheet and show proof of residence in Maine Township. Pre-made boxes cannot be substituted or changed.

Updates from Assessor’s Office

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois law (Public Act 101-0635), certain property exemptions applied for in taxable year 2019 will be automatically renewed for the taxable year 2020. 

What You Need to Know about Your Exemptions!

Which exemptions will auto-renew for 2020? 

The homeowner and senior exemptions currently auto-renew each year. 

Which exemptions will auto-renew for the year 2020 only?

The Senior Freeze will auto-renew, for 2020 only, if the owner of record is the same on January 1st, 2020 as it was on January 1st, 2019 and have a total household annual income of $65,000 or less in calendar year 2019.    

The persons with Disabilities Exemption will auto-renew, for 2020 only, if the owner of record is the same on January 1st, 2020. 

The Veterans with Disabilities Exemption will auto-renew, for 2020 only, if the owner of record is the same on January 1st, 2020.  If a veteran’s disability percentage has changed, he or she will need to submit an application with the updated award letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans of Affairs.

I turned 65 in the 2020 year; how do I apply for my Senior Exemption?

If you are the owner of record on January 1st, 2020 and born in 1955 or earlier, you may apply for the Senior Exemption.  The 2020 applications may be available the mid-part of February.   Call the Maine Township Office and we will assist you in getting signed up to receive the exemption on your Second Installment Property tax bill. 

I turned 65 in the 2020 year; how do I apply for the Senior Freeze?

This is an additional deduction for seniors that have a total household income qualification of $65,000 or less from their 2019 Federal Income Tax.  Additionally, the senior must me be the owner of record on January 1st, 2020 and January 1st, 2019.  The 2020 applications may be available the mid-part of February.   Call the Maine Township Office and we will assist you in getting signed up to receive the exemption on your Second Installment Property tax bill. 

What You Need to Know about Your 2020 Property Tax Bill!

The First Installment Property Tax Bill can be viewed on the Cook County Treasurer’s Website (www.cookcountytreasurer.com.)  This bill is due March 2, 2021, however due to the pandemic, fees for late charges have been waived through May 3, 2021.  This is the same for the Second Installment of 2020 taxes which is due August 2, 2021 but late charges have been waived through October 1, 2021.  The Treasurer’s office will accept partial payments for the First Installment Tax Year 2020 but any outstanding balances after May 3, 2021 will incur a late charge of 1.5 percent per month mandated by Illinois law.