Deadline has been extended till May 3 at 12:00 p.m.
We still need your help!
Through recently introduced state legislation (SB 1379) and other policies, Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi has been making concerted attempts to drive up the assessments of commercial property, which will create uncertainty in the market and could further shift the property tax burden from residential to commercial taxpayers. Recently reassessed commercial properties in northern townships are reporting assessments that have doubled and even tripled.
As you well know, businesses are really the ones who pay for property taxes as these costs are passed down to tenants by commercial buildings. We are reaching out to our Members who do business in Cook County - the businesses that will ultimately have to pay for these increased property taxes - to urge you to voice your concerns to our elected officials.
| Letter Writing Campaign to Oppose the Assessor's Legislation
We are asking that you write a single letter expressing opposition to the Assessor's proposed legislation. The letters will be directed to the Revenue Committee of the Illinois House of Representatives, along with Illinois House Legislative Leaders, urging the Representatives to vote against the legislation in Committee.
For your convenience, you can use one of these six sample letters.
| Tips for Engaging Tenants and Writing Effective Letters
Here are some letter-writing campaign suggestions:
- Keep letters short - no more than one page
- Letters should be printed on business letterhead
- Include brief description of your business
- Personalize the letter as much as possible
- Emphasize concerns that the Assessor's legislation will drive up costs, and how it will impact your business (loss of jobs, jeopardize your company's ability to remain in Cook County, etc.)
If each of our Members sent letters, we could deliver hundreds of letters to each legislator. That would have a huge impact on the deliberations of the Revenue Committee.
Our goal is to get these letters into the legislators' hands before the House Revenue Committee votes on the measure, expected within three weeks. The bill has already been approved by the Senate and was just today assigned to the House Revenue Committee. If the Committee approves the proposed legislation and sends to the House for a full vote, our chances of defeating it are reduced.* *Note: Extended Deadline. We ask that you have your letters completed and returned to BOMA/Suburban Chicago by Friday, May 3.
Once your letter is completed, please notify Michael Mulcrone with BOMA/Suburban Chicago at MichaelM@BomaSuburbanChicago.com or (847) 995-0970 so we can collect the letters. BOMA/Suburban Chicago, in cooperation with BOMA/Chicago, will make copies and ensure the letters are presented directly to Illinois House Revenue Committee members and the House Legislative Leaders.
If you have any questions, please reach out to BOMA/Suburban Chicago or BOMA/Chicagostaff below. It's an important fight with a great deal at stake. These letters make a difference - thank you in advance for your help.
|Other Organizations Who Oppose SB1379
- BOMA/Chicago, BOMA/Suburban Chicago
- Chemical Industry Council of Illinois
- Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
- Grain and Feed Association of Illinois
- Illinois Chamber of Commerce
- Illinois CPA Society
- Illinois Farm Bureau
- Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association
- Illinois Manufacturer's Association
- Illinois REALTORS
- Illinois Retail Merchants Association
- Inland Real Estate Group
- International Council of Shopping Centers
- Millbrook Real Estate Company
- National Federation of Independent Business
- Southland Chamber of Commerce
- Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois