Maine Township Assessor Announces Good Tax News for Senior Citizens

Assessor Susan Moylan Krey has reminded senior citizens in Maine Township about good tax news for them thanks to a new law taking effect this year that eliminates the annual renewal requirement for the Senior Exemption. Some seniors may also be eligible for the existing Senior Citizen Tax Deferral Program.

Although senior citizens seeking the Senior Tax Freeze will still need to file renewal forms, they will no longer need to file renewal forms for the Senior Exemption, according to Assessor Krey. The Senior Exemption is available to all homeowners 65 years of age or older, regardless of income. Under the new law, property owners who received the Senior Exemption last year will have it automatically renewed this year. Homeowners who were born in 1954 would have turned 65 in 2019, will have to apply for the Senior Exemption this year.

The Senior Freeze, which must be applied for annually because incomes change from year to year, provides additional tax savings for low- to moderate-income seniors. Any senior who received the Freeze last year must return a renewal application by Feb. 13. Applications for those qualifying for the freeze for the first time are available at Maine Township.

“Last year my office helped over 4,000 residents apply for their exemptions,” said Assessor Krey. “We also helped residents with Certificates of Errors which were missed exemptions from previous years which totaled over $800,000 returned to our residents.”

The Senior Citizens Tax Deferral Program, an additional benefit for senior citizens 65 years of age or older who are struggling with property taxes, allows them to defer payment of as much as $5,000 in property taxes until their homes or condominiums are sold. To qualify for the deferral program, seniors must have annual household income of less than $55,000, have equity in their homes that exceeds the sum of property taxes deferred, and have lived in their homes for at least three years. Two-flats and other properties that generate rental income are not eligible for the program. Properties held in a trust are also ineligible, although there are some exceptions to this rule. Applications must be submitted by March 1.

The tax deferral program is essentially a loan from the state that is charged simple interest of 6 percent per year. To assure repayment, a lien is placed on the senior’s home that will prevent it from being sold until the loan is paid. Because there are some circumstances where senior citizens might not want a lien on their homes, seniors uncertain about whether to apply contact the Township Assessor’s office, but should also consider discussing the matter with legal advisers, financial advisers or family members.

Assessor Krey said that those interested in the deferral program, should apply for other tax benefits available to senior citizens. For example, those who are eligible for the deferral, are also most likely eligible for the Senior Freeze and the Senior Exemption.

For questions, contact Maine Township at 847-297-2510 or visit the township website.

Maine Township Promotes Safety During Winter Months

Planning ahead for winter can really pay dividends, according to Walter Kazmierczak, Maine Township Highway Commissioner.  “If we all follow these simple rules, it can help make winter less of a burden on all of us,” he said.

“It is important for residents to observe snow route parking bans that go into effect after two inches of snow,” said Kazmierczak who added that cars that restrict the Township’s ability to plow streets may be ticketed and or towed. He advised residents to use off street parking, if possible.

Residents are also asked to keep sidewalks shoveled to facilitate safe pedestrian traffic and also to make sure that fire hydrants are accessible and visible from the street.  However, snow should not be shoveled or blown from private property onto public sidewalks or streets. “This causes unnecessary hazards and is also subject to tickets or fines,” said Kazmierczak.

The safety and mobility of all residents depend on easy access to streets and sidewalks, according the highway commissioner, who reminded people that emergency and snow plow vehicles have the right of way. He also cautioned people not to follow a snow plow or a salt truck as weather conditions may make it difficult for the driver to see them.

To facilitate snowplowing, residents are asked not to park opposite another car on a narrow street during a snowfall. They are also asked to place garbage cans at the end of driveways and not in the street as this also interferes with snowplowing.

For questions, contact the Maine Township Highway Department at 847-297-5225 or visit the township web site www.mainetown.com.

Office Assistant Position Available

Local government office in Park Ridge seeks office assistant to perform a variety of administrative and office tasks. Including but not limited to reception duties such as handling calls, greeting residents, administrative work, light facility maintenance, inventory management and assisting with food pantry. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and Excel required.
Part time, no benefits. Hours 1 pm to 5 pm, Monday -Thursday, 1 pm to 4 pm Friday. $12-$13 an hour. Send resume to careers@mainetown.com.

Maine Township is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants for employment will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Volunteer Mentors Needed

We are in need of adult mentors for our award-winning mentoring program offered in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Time commitment is only 3 hours per month. Mentors work with youth ages 8-12 in our on-site evening mentoring program that meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 6-7:30 PM in a structured group setting at the District 63 Family Resource Center (9000 Capitol Drive, Des Plaines), which is next door to the Maine Township Town Hall building.

Volunteers are matched with a child of the same gender. Activities are pre-planned by an experienced facilitator and take place in a group setting. Meetings consist of a combination of one-on-one time and group activities focused on the social and emotional development of youth. A small contribution of your time can change the course of a child’s life. Volunteers must meet the following criteria to be matched with a child in our program:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Meet residency criteria of being a US citizen for at least 1 year, legal resident for at least 2 years, or having a student/workers visa for at least 2 years
  • Be will to commit to a minimum of a 1 year relationship
  • Be willing to commit to attend, at a minimum, 80% of program sessions
  • Be willing to allow BBBS to conduct a thorough criminal background check and public domain search
  • Be willing to disclose and discuss current and previous medical and mental health conditions

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the application below or contact Anne at 847-297-2510 x272 or acamarano@mainetown.com with any questions.

Volunteer Application – e-signable document

Board of Review Closed for 2019 Property Tax Appeals

The Board of Review has officially closed for filing 2019 appeals.  For residents that filed an appeal and requested a hearing, they should have received a letter from the Board of Review with their hearing date.  The estimated hearing dates will be the first week of December.  For further information on the hearing dates, please contact the Board of Review at 312-603-5542.  The Board of Review has not given a date as to when the decisions will be mailed.  Check back on our website, as we will post the most relevant information as we are made aware of it.

Republic Garbage Info

Weekly recycling pickup started again the week of November 4, 2019. Affected houses should have a door tag or you can call Republic customer service at 847-981-0091.

Senior discounts are available for seniors age 65 or older. The easiest way to receive the discount is to enclose a copy of your ID in your bill payment. Again, please call Republic at 847-981-0091 if there are any questions.

New Stickerless Wheel Tax Process for Residents of Unincorporated Cook County

The Cook County Department of Revenue now has a new STICKERLESS Wheel Tax Liability Notice Process! There will be NO MORE PHYSICAL STICKERS/TAGS.

Qualifying Senior Citizens/No Fee Categories will not be required to register.

Remit payment by utilizing your Renewal Wheel Tax Liability Notification.

Payments accepted online, by mail, in-person at Department of Revenue and 100+ participating ELS Currency Exchange locations!

Please visit cookcountyil.gov/revenue for more details.