Cook County Council Finance Committee Chairman John Daley rips Kaegi and Rogers over late 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 3-member panel, says the blame lies with Kaegi’s office, which he believes is several months behind in completing its work this fiscal year.
“It’s a matter that I hope the parties can agree on,” Daley told me in a phone interview.
“It’s almost like third year,” continued Daley, 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 Suburban Commissioner Sean Morrison, who said he fears local governments will be forced to borrow elsewhere if they don’t receive their roughly $16 billion in revenue on time. property taxes 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 thought for any of them to be singled out. finger”.
Rogers did not have an immediate response to Daley’s comments. Kaegi’s spokesperson said he is “working with the review board to ensure that our appeals – which have been completed – can be received by the board’s (IT) systems.
County Council Speaker Toni Preckwinkle has yet to publicly comment on the flap, which threatens to spill over into her own re-election contest.