Here’s something you don’t see every day: A politician providing excruciating details on tax increases.
Among its findings:
While the cost of living has risen just 36 percent over 20 years,
- In all of Cook County, total taxes billed increased 99 percent, from $7.85 billion to $15.58 billion
- In Chicago, total taxes on residential properties skyrocketed 164 percent, from $1.33 billion to $3.51 billion
- In Chicago, total taxes on commercial properties rose 81 percent, from $1.92 billion to $3.48 billion
- In suburban Cook County, total taxes on residential properties jumped 116 percent, from $2.45 billion to $5.29 billion
- In suburban Cook County, total taxes on commercial properties rose 53 percent, from $2.15 billion to $3.30 billion
But those are just averages; some communities fared far worse. “I was shocked, you gotta be kidding,” Pappas told WGN. “The third Ward is 431%, the 27th ward is 322%…it was already bad really bad.” A breakdown by particular communities is in the report.
You can search the 20-year history on your home or any particular property here.
We’ve earlier praised Pappas for the unusual level of transparency and professionalism in her office. When we’ve asked for information they’ve provided it promptly and accurately.