Property Tax Rebate Applications Due December 12

Property Tax Rebate Applications Due December 12
Posted on 10/24/2014

Eligible Village of Orland Park residents may apply for the village’s residential property tax rebate beginning November 3, 2014. The Village Board approved a rebate of $2.2 million as a result of the Village of Orland Park’s strong financial position. Including the upcoming rebate, the village will have rebated property taxes for 10 of the last 13 years.

“We began rebating property taxes to residents in 2003, and despite a suspension of the program during the economic downturn, we’re pleased that the village is again in a strong financial position to offer the rebate,” said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. 
In total, the Village of Orland Park will have rebated approximately $34.5 million since 2003.

“Even though the village’s portion of the property tax bill is only about seven percent, the rebate does give some relief for residents,” McLaughlin said. “We’re fortunate to be able to provide the rebate utilizing the village’s Home Rule Sales Tax collections, while continuing to provide a large number of valuable services and projects for village residents,” the mayor added.

“Once again, residents will have three ways to apply for the rebate. They can apply online beginning November 3 at www.optaxrebate.com,” said Trustee Jim Dodge, chairman of the village’s Economic Development, Strategy and Community Engagement Committee.

“They can download a paper application and bring the completed application in to Village Hall or they can pick up an application at specific buildings in the village and apply in person or by mail,” he added.

An instructional video of the online application process will appear on the village’s cable television stations, Orland Park Comcast Channel 4 and A T & T U-Verse Channel 99 and on the village’s website at www.orlandpark.org.

On-line and paper applications will be available beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 3. Paper applications will be available at the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall at 14700 South Ravinia Avenue; the Recreation Administration Building at 14600 South Ravinia Avenue; the village’s Sportsplex at 11351 West 159th Street and at the Orland Park Public Library, 14800 South Ravinia Avenue.

Chairman of the Finance Committee, Trustee Carole Ruzich, suggested the village make available in-person assistance for residents who would rather complete and have assistance in submitting their tax rebate application at Village Hall as opposed to by mail or online.

“We were glad to be able to add the one-on-one assistance, as several residents indicated that they would appreciate that type of help in completing their applications,” stated Ruzich. “The one-on-one assistance will ensure that all residents, with or without access to computers and internet, will experience a seamless application process.”

Village representatives will be available to answer questions and accept applications at the Village Hall during regular business hours. In addition, one-on-one assistance with the completion and submission of applications will be available on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, November 5 from 8am to 5pm
Friday, November 7 from 8am to 5pm
Saturday, December 6 from 9am to 12pm
Thursday, December 11 from 8am to 5pm

Along with the required application, an eligible resident must include copies of their 2013 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.

If a Village of Orland Park water bill account number is provided during the online process or on the paper application, a copy of a recent utility bill is not required.

“The online process makes it more convenient for those who are familiar with computers and uploading documents,” McLaughlin said. “However, we have paper applications for those who don’t use computers,” he noted.

Eligible residents may elect to receive their rebate via check, credit to a water bill account, donation to the Open Lands, or direct deposit into a checking or savings account. Direct deposit is a new option this year, offering convenience and expedited receipt of the tax rebate.

Eligible village residents must apply before 5 p.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014. Questions may be directed to the village’s Tax Rebate Hotline at 708/403-3086.