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Hinderman: Orland Park property tax rebate forms due

Updated: January 10, 2013 6:14AM



The village of Orland Park is doing pretty well financially. So well, in fact, that homeowners will get a property tax rebate.

The village has set aside about $2.5 million for distribution. The exact amount each homeowner will receive will be determined by the number of rebate applications submitted to the village by Friday.

Owners of single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums will receive a partial rebate upon proving residency in the home, with a valid Illinois driver’s license listing their address. Owners of multi-unit apartment buildings must be living in one of the units to qualify for the rebate for the single unit occupied by the owner.

The program was suspended during the 2009 fiscal year due to the impact of the nationwide economic downturn on village revenues. Before that, the rebate totaled $27.6 million.

“The village has offered the rebate for seven of the last 10 years,” Mayor Dan McLaughlin said in a news release.

There are three ways to apply — online, by mail or at the village hall.

Residents can apply online at www.optaxrebate.com or download applications from the website or pick up paper applications.

The rebate is for 2011 property taxes paid to the village in 2012.

The last time homeowners were given rebates, the amount was determined by the equalized assessed value of the home. This year’s rebate will be evenly divided among eligible residents.

Joe LaMargo, public information officer and deputy clerk for the village, said: “The village board wants to make this as easy and convenient as possible for residents. We even have an instructional video on the village website, showing people how easy it is to apply.”

Paper applications are available at village hall, the recreation administration office, the Sportsplex and the Orland Park Library. Residents will need their property index number, which they will find on their 2011 second installment property tax bill.

If you don’t have a copy of the 2011 second installment, contact the Cook County treasurer’s office at www.cookcountytreasurer.com.

Residents also must submit a copy of their driver’s license or state identification, proving residency, and a copy of a recent utility bill with name and address. Residents who provide their water bill numbers don’t need to attach a copy of a utility bill.

The application can be mailed to: Village Hall, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, 60462.

People who submit an online application will receive an email confirmation from “Perfect Forms.”

Applications submitted after 5 p.m. Friday will be rejected.

Rebate checks will be mailed the week of March 18. Questions about the rebate may be directed to (708) 403-3086.



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