Mayor Sandra Bury made another list and its one you get on when you’re not nice. No, it’s not the naughty or nice list kept by Santa. This is the “Delinquent Property Tax List” from the Cook County Treasurer’s Office.
According to the Cook County Treasurer’s Office, Sandra Bury has failed to pay the property taxes due on her condominium at 9440 S. 51st Avenue in Oak Lawn.
Sandra Bury’s condo has four property identification numbers related to her unit in the condominium building. Property taxes from 2016 remain unpaid and are scheduled to be sold by the Treasurer. The sale for Bury’s taxes and anyone else who failed to pay 2016 taxes will be conducted in four days starting May 4, 2018 and continuing through May 9, 2018.
Under Illinois law, the Treasurer’s Office is required to hold an Annual Tax Sale. The sale is held once a year, sometime after the Second Installment. If property taxes for the immediately preceding tax year are delinquent on a parcel, they are offered for sale to tax purchasers at the Annual Tax Sale. The 2016 Annual Tax Sale is for tax year 2016 taxes payable in 2017. Thus, Bury failed to pay her taxes in 2017 during her campaign for re-election in which she falsely claimed she was reducing property taxes by 25 percent.
The total of the taxes unpaid by Bury is $1,095.36. She has owned the condo since March of 2011.
It isn’t the first time that Bury has failed to pay her taxes on time. The 2014 taxes wee also unpaid according to records in the county that were provided to the Oak Lawn Leaf in April of 2015. Around that same time, Bury was making campaign contributions to Village Trustee candidates.
Despite owing property taxes in 2015, Bury transferred $1,200.00 into her campaign fund, Sandra Bury for Mayor of Oak Lawn from her personal funds on March 17th, 2015. A week later, on March 24th, 2015, Bury transferred $1,00000 of that to Tim Desmond’s campaign, Friends of Tim Desmond. Bury also mailed endorsement letters for Dan Johnson and Scott Hollis in their failed campaigns for election as District 5 and District 3 Trustees, respectively.
Among other things, property taxes in Oak Lawn go toward funding local schools, libraries, parks, and the various functions of the Village government such as snow plowing, flood abatement, street and alley paving, and the police and fire departments. Considered a part-time position, the office of Mayor paid Sandra Bury $47,906.08 for each year in office. She is in her second term. The funds used to pay salaries of the Village’s elected officials generally come from property taxes.
No person is eligible to take the oath of office for Mayor if they are in arrears to the municipality for any amount. Bury’s taxes were unpaid when she entered into office for the second time in 2017. The list of delinquent taxes was printed in the Chicago Sun-Times this past Sunday. None of Oak Lawn’s other elected officials were on the list for failing to pay their property taxes.