John Daley rips Kaegi and Rogers over Cook County property tax bills

Kaegi blamed the late bills largely on the council’s failure, which is hearing appeals from proposed tax assessments set by the assessor, to use a new county computer system. Rogers, who leads the three-member panel, says the blame lies with Kaegi’s office, which he believes is months behind in completing its work this fiscal year.

“It’s a matter that I hope the parties can agree on,” Daley said in a phone interview.

“It’s almost like third year,” he continued, normally the soft-spoken type who rarely criticizes anyone. “Come on. Solve it. It’s ridiculous. It’s silly.”

If second-half bills are carried over to 2023, Daley admitted that some bill payers may face problems, unable to make their normal payment this year and get a deduction on their 2022 federal income taxes.

“You have to have a bill” to pay it, Daley said. “You can’t estimate it.”

Further comments came in a statement from Cook County Suburban Commissioner Sean Morrison, who said he was concerned local governments would be forced to borrow elsewhere if they did not receive their whatever on time. $16 billion in tax revenue in the second half.

“This will have a massive financial impact on our municipalities, school districts, fire protection districts, police departments, parks districts, public libraries and everything in between,” Morrison said, calling for a special meeting of Daley’s committee. to consider creating a $100 million Emergency Loan Fund that local units could draw upon.

Daley said he should think about it, but in the meantime he called on Kaegi and Rogers to “stop playing their little games. . . .It’s not a good reflection on any of them to be singled out.

Rogers did not have an immediate response to Daley’s comments. Kaegi’s spokesperson said he was “working with the review board to ensure that our appeals – which have been completed – can be received by the board’s (computer) systems.

UPDATE: Add Preckwinkle to the list of those who are not very happy with the current bickering.

In a statement, Preckwinkle begins by noting that one of his proudest accomplishments early in his tenure was turning in bills on time after years in which they were often a few months late. Then she adds, “My office remains focused on working with property tax stakeholders on the timely issuance of property tax bills and not the unproductive bickering and finger pointing that has consumed these two last weeks. From the moment I walked into this office, we’ve proven that when all stakeholders work together, we can deliver the service and do the work the people of Cook County expect and deserve.

Preckwinkle concludes: “The public expects the government to focus on solutions. My office will continue to work with and encourage each property tax office to work together to ensure county needs are met.

We will see how far it will go.