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Orland Park taking property tax rebate applications

Updated: December 1, 2012 6:21AM



Orland Park residents who want their share of about $2.5 million in property tax rebates can begin applying, either online or in person.

Residents can apply online at www.optaxrebate.com or download a paper application from that website. Paper applications are also available at village hall, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave.; the recreation administration building, 14600 S. Ravinia Ave.; the Orland Park Public Library, 14800 S. Ravinia Ave.; and the village’s Sportsplex, 11351 W. 159th St.

Completed paper applications can be turned in only at village hall.

Along with the required application, eligible residents must include copies of their 2011 second installment property tax bill, driver’s license and a utility bill. Those applying online can scan and upload copies of the documents or take a picture of them with a cell phone or tablet. For online and paper applications, a municipal water bill account number can take the place of a utility bill.

The online process will let filers know if they haven’t attached all the necessary documents, and they’ll receive an email letting them know if they’ve successfully filed their application.

A video tutorial for completing the online application will run on the village’s cable television channels, and it’s also available at the optaxrebate.com website and the village’s website, www.orland-park.il.us. Village staffers also will be in the village hall lobby during regular business hours to help residents who want to file electronically or have general questions about the tax rebate process.

The village also has established a tax rebate hotline — (708) 403-3086.

Applications have to be submitted by 5 p.m. Dec. 14.

Village trustees in August approved resurrecting the program, in which the village returns a portion of its share of homeowners’ tax bills. The village has earmarked $2.5 million for the rebate program, including money to cover costs, and officials estimate that about 19,000 homeowners will apply, translating to a $131 rebate per taxpayer.

The village began the rebate program in March 2003 to offset a new home-rule sales tax , but the program was suspended in 2009 because the recession delivered a substantial hit on village revenue.

When the last rebate checks went out in 2009, the amount each resident received varied depending on the equalized assessed value of their home. That year the village gave $4.5 million to homeowners.



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