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Old 10-08-2008, 12:24 PM
CDI CDI started this thread
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We recently received the second installment of our property tax bill from Cook County (we moved into our house last winter). It seemed incredibly high, so I checked to make sure the assessment information was correct. It looks like they are including our partially finished basement in the building square footage, which adds on about 750 more square feet (by partially finished, I mean that a section of it has old wood paneling and linoleum floors). We don't have a walk-out basement or anything, just a below-grade one.

I thought basements weren't supposed to be included in building square footage for tax purposes unless perhaps it had a door to the outside or was an apartment, so I'm thinking we might have a basis for an appeal...Am I right in thinking that it was a mistake for them to include our basement? Has anyone been through the appeal process and could provide some tips?

Any info is greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:29 PM
Location: Oswego, IL
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Not sure but I think that it is considered for taxes, but not as part of total living space, unless there is a excape window. Not sure either, best to do is check with the local taxing authorities. Did you ever find out the answer to your question? Post it here after all there were over 400 readers of your question.
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:30 PM
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Huh? Homeowners blindsided by taxes -- chicagotribune.com

I read this just a few days ago. It might explain why you have a high tax bill.
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:26 PM
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It may change from county to county, but mine was explained (cook county) to me that if your basement is unfinished then it shouldn't count as taxable because its not living space. One reason many folks get their basements finished and don't 'register' it.
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