Anonymous Supporter of Grafton Township Assessor Bill Ottley Takes on Challenger Al Zielinski, Al Replies
Bill Ottley’s secret admirer provides this criticism on Al Zielinski’s opposition to Ottley for Grafton Township Assessor in the First Electric Newspaper:
September 1, 2012 4:00 PM
The current Assessor, Mr. Ottley, has been doing a great job for years. He is one of the most aggressive assessors around when reducing assessments during this economy.That is why Grafton Township was the only township in McHenry County to receive a positive multiplier last year from the County Assessor.
Mr. Ottley has, and will continue to support Grafton residents as our assessor.
Mr Zielinski does appear to have have a solid background for appraisals, but he has no experience with mass assessments, and I have seen nothing to say he has done any commercial assessing. You can not “appraise” 21,000 properties a year using his appraiser techniques, you could not afford to budget the man power needed to do that many properties individually. You will also NEVER have zero appeals. If you lower assessments to make us tax payers happy, the county adds a multiplier. Either way, some people will file an appeal to look for a further reduction of taxes.
To say that you will have no appeals… shows Mr. Zielinski does not fully understand the actual job of the assessor.
I would feel better, if he worked as a Deputy Assessor somewhere first, and really understood what job he is trying to win.
September 4, 2012 9:30 AM
Mr. Ottley wasn’t at my appeal he left it to his deputy who sided with the appeal board. I would expect the guy I elected to be present at my appeal but Ottley choose to leave it to his chubby little minion.
This year the county made me an assesment offer NOT OTTLEY! Ottley should work a little harder at that 60K job of his and not give so much authority to his deputy.
Al Zielinski’s reply:
Grafton residents have had their fill of acrimony so I requested civility at the Special Meeting and spoke in that tone.That professionalism continues by my running a clean, courteous campaign.
In that same context, all postings here and elsewhere have been personally made by me, never by unnamed surrogates.
I personally wrote the press release announcing my candidacy and created my own web site. It’s important that voters see the candidate as deeply and in as many varied lights as possible.
Grafton residents have also had their fill of partial truths so my campaign will correct misrepresentations with clearly-cited data sources.
I never said a single word to Ms. Moore at the Special Meeting.
If you have proof to the contrary, please provide it.
Competent appraisers always have plenty of work regardless of the real estate market because our opinions are sought beyond the mortgage industry.
My clients includes attorneys for estates and divorces, appraisal reviews, expert witness testimony, employee relocation, home improvement guidance, federal, state and property tax issues, etc.
The core of my campaign is bringing a courteous, qualified and professional presence to the assessor’s office.
Beyond that are innovative, taxpayer-centric ideas like a Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
Finally, I promise to save taxpayer’s money by reducing the bloated, recently approved assessor’s budget of almost $576,000!. (Source: Grafton Township Special Board Meeting Minutes, April 23, 2012.)