Are Evanston Residential Property Taxes Going Down? Crain's says "likely"

From a recent Crain's Chicago Business article:

"If there is a silver lining, at least in the near term, it's that higher assessments on commercial properties in Cook County are likely to result in lower taxes for many homeowners. In Evanston, for instance, the assessed value of all residential property rose 25 percent from 2018 to 2019, while the assessed value of all commercial and industrial property rose 125 percent. The wide gap suggests that taxes will rise for commercial and industrial landlords in the suburb when property tax bills come out next year but drop for Evanston homeowners"

Read the full story here:

Crain's Chicago Business 4/12/2019: What Evanston's assessments tell us about the new assessor's new math

New Tax on Central Street?

If you own property or a business on Central Street between roughly Ashland and Marcy ... or on Green Bay north of Lincoln ... you may want to attend one of these two meetings.  The first meeting is this Tuesday night April 30 at 7:00 p.m.(details below).

A proposal to create a Special Service Area (SSA) on Central Street will be discussed. Per the proposed map above the area under consideration includes many residences on Central outside the east and west business zones. It appears that any new taxes proposed to support the proposed SSA will apply to all properties within the SSA ... including businesses and residences.

7th Ward Meeting

Alderman Eleanor Revelle has invited residents to a 7th Ward meeting, Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.

The agenda will include the following topics:

  • Possible formation of a Central Street Special Service Area (SSA)
  • Canal Shores news: 100th Anniversary plans
  • Proposed additional uses for the Ryan Field campus
  • Robert Crown Community Center — Update and Q&A
  • Other 7th Ward News

Hearing Postponed for Fast Food Drive Through and Residential Rezoning

Notices went out two weeks ago for hearings for major variations, special use permits and map amendments for a Fast Food restaurant with a drive through that includes rezoning residential property. The hearing scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 at the Joint Meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals and Plan Commission has been postponed. New notices will be sent by the City when the hearings are rescheduled.

Annual Meeting and Property Tax Program

Join us Thursday, March 28, 2019 for the CSNA Annual Meeting and a program on Property Tax in Evanston.  Our featured speaker will be Fritz Kaegi recently elected Cook County Assessor. Fritz will speak on "Creating a Fair, Transparent and Ethical Assessor's Office"

The meeting will be held in the 1st floor Multi-Purpose Room at Three Crowns Park 2323 McDaniel Ave. Evanston. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. A brief CSNA annual meeting, including board elections, will take place at 7:00 p.m. followed immediately by the program with Assessor Kaegi.

Refreshments will be served. The meeting will end at 9:00 p.m.

All Evanston residents are welcome to attend.

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