Finance Department - Tax Guide

Village of Skokie 2012 Property Tax Levy (Payable in 2013) – Key Points

Click here to see the presentation regarding the 2012 Property Tax Levy, presented to the Board of Trustees at their December 3, 2012 meeting.

To see detailed property tax charts and diagrams please click here.

  • The Village's tax levy of $15.4 million is the same as it was in 1990 due to the self-imposed property tax freeze.
  • Based on an average, the Village accounted for 7% of an average property tax bill for 2012.
  • Over the twenty years of the self-imposed property tax freeze, Skokie's percent of an average taxpayer's property tax bill has decreased from 15.2% in 1990 to 7.08% in 2011.
  • Based on an average Skokie taxpayer's property tax bill, school districts account for an average of 68.5% of the tax bill for 2011.
  • Elementary schools averaged 39.4% and high schools averaged 29.1% for 2011.
  • Resident's individual taxes paid to the Village vary, however, on their individual level of assessment and the school districts in which they reside. The term "assessment" reflects the valuation of the property by the Cook County Assessor's Office. Cook County reassesses properties every three years. The current tax bills are the third bills to be issued in the three-year assessment cycle.
  • Depending of the level of the assessment for each property, any given resident's Village of Skokie property tax line may show an increase/decrease or even remain somewhat constant. This is all a byproduct of the tax extension process over which Skokie does not have control.
  • Please contact the Niles Township Assessor's Office at 847/673-9300 or at or the Cook County Assessor's Office with questions about your property tax assessment.  Questions on property tax appeals can be handled on the web at or by phoning the local office at 847/470-7237, located at 5600 Old Orchard Rd., Room 149.
  • Contact the Cook County Treasurer for assistance with bill payment and other property tax issues at or phone 312-443-5100.

Sales Tax
9% on general merchandise went into effect on January 1, 2013 (see tax table)
7.25% on registered motor vehicles

Sales taxes are collected and administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue.  Please call for information regarding sales and use taxes 1-800-732-8866.

Simplified Telecommunications Tax

The Simplified Telecommunications tax is imposed by the Village of Skokie and collected by and administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue (see tax table).

Hotel/Motel Tax
3 1/2% for establishments of 349 rooms or less
6% for establishments of 350 rooms or more

The Hotel/Motel tax is imposed by the Village of Skokie

Aggregate Property Tax Rates in Skokie
By elementary school district (per $100 of equalized assessed valuation).  The Village's portion per $100 of assessed valuation is only $0.65 for the 2012 Tax Levy.

2012 Tax Levy
School District 68.0 - $ 8.928
School District 69.0 - $ 11..686
School District 72.0 - $ 8.444
School District 73.0 - $ 9.796
School District 73.5 - $ 11.670
School District 65.0 - $ 8.406
Average Tax Rate - $ 9.822

Local Fuel Tax
$.03 (3 cents) per gallon

The Local Fuel tax was imposed by the Village of Skokie effective June 1, 2009 and will expire on May 31, 2015 without further Board action.  This tax is collected and administered by the Village of Skokie, Finance Department.

Utility Tax
Approximately 5% on electric, natural gas and water

Effective May 1, 2010 a utility tax was imposed and will expire on May 1, 2015 without further Board action.