Tax Guide

Village of Skokie 2023 Property Tax Levy (Payable in 2024) - Key PointsDollar bill chart 2022

  • 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 only 5.72% of an average property tax bill for 2022.
  • Over the thirty three years of the self-imposed property tax freeze, Skokie’s percent of an average taxpayer’s property tax bill has decreased from 16% in 1990 to 5.72% in 2022.
  • Based on an average Skokie taxpayer’s property tax bill, school districts account for an average of 71.2% of the tax bill for 2022.
  • Elementary schools averaged 42.2% and high schools averaged 29% for 2022.
  • 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 on 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.

A Note About Business vs. Residential Property Taxes

In Cook County, the amount of property taxes paid by each property owner depend on two factors: the final tax rate and the assessed value as determined by the County Assessor and equalized by the State of Illinois. 

While residential properties are typically assessed at 10% of market value, commercial properties like apartments, offices and retail buildings are assessed at 25% of their market values. The equalization factor issued by the Illinois Department of Revenue produces what is known as the Equalized Assessed Value, or EAV. For the 2021 tax year (paid in 2022) 51% of EAV (total taxable value) came from commercial and industrial properties, and an almost identical share of taxes was billed to commercial and industrial properties. The average total annual tax bill for a commercial property for the 2021 tax year was $28,668 while the average for a residential property was $6,073.

Property Tax Questions

Please contact the Niles Township Assessor’s Office at 847-673-9300 or at the Niles Township Assessor website or the Cook County Assessor’s Office with questions about your property tax assessment. 

Property Tax Appeals

Questions on property tax appeals can be handled on the Cook County Assessor’s website or by phoning the local office at 847-470-7237, the office is located at:

Cook County Assessor’s Office
5600 Old Orchard Road
Room 149
Skokie, IL 60077

Bill Payment
Contact the Cook County Treasurer for assistance with bill payment and other property tax issues at the Cook County Treasurer’s Office website or phone 312-443-5100.

Cook County Surviving Spouse Tax Abatement

The Cook County Board of Commissioners has passed an ordinance to authorize property tax abatement for the surviving spouses of Cook County’s fallen heroes. The program serves surviving spouses of a fallen police officer, soldier or rescue worker. The Cook County Board of Review administers the program for Cook County, and also for the City of Chicago that has a similar program. See more information

Sales Tax

10.25% on general merchandise went into effect on January 1, 2016 (see tax table)
*11.25% within the Old Orchard Business District  
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.

Food and Beverage Tax - 2%

Please click here for the Food and Beverage Tax Remittance Form.

Municipal Amusement Surcharge - 2%

Please click here for the Municipal Amusement Surcharge Return Form 

Packaged Liquor Tax - 2%

Please click here for the Packaged Liquor Tax Return Form

Simplified Telecommunications Tax - 6%

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 - 7.5%

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

Self-Storage User Fee - 5%

Please click here for the Self-Storage User Fee Return Form

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 $0.50 for the 2022 Tax Levy.

2022 Tax Levy (Per $100 of Equalized Assessed Valuation)
School District 68.0 - $2.77
School District 69.0 - $5.12
School District 72.0 - $2.31
School District 73.0 - $4.00
School District 73.5 - $4.75
School District 65.0 - $3.23

Local Fuel Tax - $0.05 per gallon

Please click here for the Local Fuel Tax return form.  This tax is collected and administered by the Village of Skokie Finance Department. Instructions for filing can be accessed here.

Utility Tax

Approximately 5% on electric, natural gas and water. Incorporated in consumers' utility bill.