Lyons Woman Pays Taxes On Neighbor's Home: Official

May 17, 2024 0 By JohnValbyNation

LYONS, IL – Lyons resident Josephine Daniels pays property taxes for the house next door, not her own. That cost her an extra $2,922 last year, the local assessor says.

Daniels, who lives in the 4500 block of Center Avenue, said this has put a financial bind on her and her husband.

“I’m on a fixed income,” she said in an interview earlier this month. “My husband retired a year ago because of a health issue.”

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In an email to Patch this week, the Cook County Assessor’s Office said it expects to have more information soon on Daniels’ situation.

On Wednesday, Lyons Township Assessor Patrick Hynes, who advocates for taxpayers, said the county placed the wrong house on Daniels’ property in its 2022 assessment, causing a large spike in her bill.

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She appealed the amount in November and is waiting for a response from the county assessor’s office, Hynes said.

“She just wants her money back,” Hynes said in an email.

As for the county’s latest statement, he said it was “fantastic” and that his office would move on to the next case if the error is corrected.

In a February email, he said County Assessor Fritz Kaegi’s office was “unwilling to admit a mistake,” so Daniels had to fight to get her money.

“Josephine can’t understand why she has to pay for the county’s error and why the mistake hasn’t been rectified,” Hynes said.

Hynes has repeatedly criticized the performance of the county assessor’s office. He said the office is slow to act on problems, even when he points them out.

Over the last couple of years, Patch has found repeated examples in Lyons Township of properties that are uncounted or under-assessed in tax rolls, among other errors:

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