Incumbent Grafton Township Assessor Bill Ottley told me he was running for re-election a couple of months ago.
Now, he has an opponent named Alan Zielinski. His press release is below:
Alan Zielinski Announces Candidacy for Grafton Township Assessor
Lakewood – Property owners can look forward to more accurate and, therefore more fair, assessments when Alan Zielinski wins election as Grafton Township Assessor in the April 2013 election.
“I’ve seen too many taxpayers treated unfairly by a broken system and decided it was going beyond helping them as an appraiser,” said Zielinski.
Property taxes are the main expense of most households and a fair allocation of the tax burden is Zielinski’s primary concern.
“My appraisal experience, coupled with my business perspective and moral compass, will help taxpayers get a fair shake each and every year. Working together, we can achieve my goal of zero appeals by the end of my second term.”
In addition to improving the accuracy of assessments, Zielinski intends to champion legislation in Illinois similar to Georgia’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights which carries two significant benefits for property owners:
- being awarded legal fees if their appeal prevails in court and
- that Boards of Review must provide specific grounds for their rejections of property owners’ appeals
Zielinski’s qualifications include the following:
- Certified Illinois Assessing Officer
- Illinois and Wisconsin Certified Real Estate Appraiser
- B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University
- MBA from Michigan State University
- More than a decade of residential, commercial and industrial appraisals in Illinois
In addition to education and highly-refined analytical perspective, Alan also has a heart as evidenced by one of his campaign promises:
“10% of my gross salary to the Grafton Food Pantry.”
In his own words: “Government service is about service, not building wealth. My promise will stay in effect at least through my first term until times really improve for everyone.”
His web site contains the following statement:
My last decade was focused on business and real property valuation. You can learn more by visiting our web site:
79% of Grafton Township’s parcels are residential. Who better to determine their true value than someone certified by Illinois and Wisconsin to appraise (not just assess) residential property?
Here’s how he answers the question, “Why vote for Al for assessor?”
- His personal & professional qualifications.
- His sense of civic duty.
- He’s a number-cruncher with a heart.
- An engineer who stick-built his first house and knows his way around construction sites.
My education and experience, coupled with your trust and involvement, will make sure the number that appears on your annual property tax bill is as close as possible to its fair cash value. You’ll sleep more soundly knowing you’re paying only your fair share.
Here’s what Zielinski says about “Ethics and Empathy:”
I promise to earn your trust by listening carefully and never, ever lying. Candor and mutual respect are the foundation of all my personal and professional relationships.
The difference between sympathy and empathy is the latter can only be gained through personal experience.
I’ve experienced good times and hard times as many of you have and have learned to count and be thankful for my blessings versus cursing being “shortchanged.”
I promise to always treat you with respect regardless of your current state in life.
Zielinski’s promises can be found here.