Cook County Treasurer's Office - 7/15/2009
"Last Chance" to Pay Delinquent Property Taxes before Tax Sale, Pappas Warns
Owners who have not paid property taxes for tax year 2007 have one day to pay before their delinquent taxes are offered at auction during the Annual Tax Sale, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said today.
"This is your last chance to pay before your taxes can be bought, forcing you to redeem at high penalty costs to keep your property," Pappas said.
Unpaid taxes for tax year 2007 - issued in 2008 - on some 32,000 homes and other real property across Cook County will be offered at the Tax Sale, to be conducted as an electronic auction over four business days beginning Thursday, July 16, and ending Tuesday, July 21.
Taxes purchased by tax buyers will have to be redeemed - paid back to the tax buyer - with penalties and interest to stop the buyer from possibly asking a court for the deed to the property, Pappas said.
Delinquencies for tax year 2007 must be paid by certified check, cashier's check, money order or cash at the Treasurer's Office, Room 112, Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark Street, Chicago.
Pappas said property owners can review their unpaid taxes at cookcountytreasurer.com or by calling 312.443.5100. Those checking by web or phone should have their Property Index Number at hand, Pappas said.