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Vern Bettis  |  Phocourtesy Community Consolidated School District 146

Vern Bettis | Photo courtesy of Community Consolidated School District 146

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Updated: February 28, 2014 6:21AM



Orland Township senior citizens already should have received renewal applications for senior citizen property tax exemptions and have until Feb. 5 to return them to the Cook County assessor’s office, according to a news release from the township.

Senior citizens can call or visit the office of Orland Township Assessor Rich Kelly for help completing the forms, the release said.

The Senior Exemption, available to all seniors regardless of income, reduces property taxes by about $450 and is available to any owner-occupied residential property whose owner was born in 1948 or earlier, the township said.

The Senior Freeze provides some seniors with additional savings if the combined income of all members of the household is less than $55,000, and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the property since Jan. 1, 2012, according to the township.

The senior applications that have been mailed are for 2013 property taxes, which are paid in 2014. The savings from the exemptions will appear on the second-installment tax bills that likely will be mailed in July, the township said.

Also, a new law requires taxpayers to repay tax savings received from tax exemptions for which they are not eligible. If a senior citizen recently died or moved, the property may not be eligible for a senior exemption this year.

Homeowners likely to be eligible for one of the senior exemptions for the first time will not receive mailed application forms and should call the township assessor’s office for a form or download one from www.CookCountyAssessor.com.

For more information, call (708) 403-4222.

SD 146 hires new technology director

Tinley Park Community Consolidated School District 146 earlier this month hired Vern Bettis as director of technology.

His start date had yet to be determined, according to a news release from the district.

Bettis was chosen from a pool of 60 candidates, and previously was the director of technology for Riverside Elementary School District 96, where he worked for eight years, the release said.

College costs seminar Feb. 4

A “Paying For College Without Going Broke” workshop is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Tinley Park Park District’s Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St.

Patrick Kaiser, owner of College Funding Strategies in Tinley Park, will lead the free workshop that is designed to help parents of high school students learn how to prepare to pay for college. The focus will be on how to select colleges that will offer the best financial aid awards regardless of one’s income, according to a release about the workshop.

To register, call (708) 633-9909.

Staff reports



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