A press release from Grafton Township Assessor Al Zielinski:
Alan Zielinski seeks re-election as a write-in for Grafton Township Assessor
LAKEWOOD, IL (January 26, 2017) – When discussing the possibility of another term, many asked:
“The “good ‘ol boys system” clearly wants you out.”
“I have an obligation to Grafton’s property owners.
“They deserve a voice for fairness and someone who will continue to fight for the average guy.
“We’ve made great advances but my job is not done.”
Grafton Township’s property tax payers deserve these fundamentals from their assessor.
- Strict adherence (not just a wink and a nod) to the Illinois Property Tax Code.
- The highest valuation accuracy and greatest fairness possible.
- Using 21st century tools and methodologies to achieve the above.
- Assuring property values are based on the market, not relationships or phone calls.
In a shortsighted attempt to select their own contractor or delegate to the county the important task of valuing $1.4 billion of their constituents’ property values, the Grafton Township Board arbitrarily cut the assessor’s salary to $30,000 from $72,162 and removed all benefits.
Nonetheless, I decided to run again on behalf of the vast majority of Grafton’s property tax payers who:
- deserve accurate, fair, honest assessments and
- truly want to pay only their fair share and/or
- are working too hard to spend time appealing and/or
- think the system is broken or rigged so why bother.
Since taking office in 2014, we’ve made huge strides transforming the system from the old days of backroom “deals” to the current transparent and honest assessments for all.
Under my leadership, we achieved notable accuracy and fairness accomplishments. Where’s the proof?
Grafton was the only township in McHenry County to surpass the Illinois Department of Revenue’s specifications for assessment accuracy and uniformity for all three years since I took office.
I’m confident in the honest and analytical processes we’ve implemented to achieve that stellar record.
However, we have no control of our assessments once we submit them.
A major aspect of my campaign and next term will be educating property taxpayers about what happens to their assessments after they leave our office and what can be done to help maintain our levels of accuracy and fairness.
Obviously, the “good ‘ol boys system” wants me out so it can revert to the good ‘ol days.
Whether that’s allowed to happen rests solely and literally in the voters’ hands.
My place on the ballot as a Republican candidate was removed due to a “good ‘ol boys” objection regarding an insignificant technicality.
Therefore, I need you and your neighbors to write-in “Alan Zielinski” as your vote for Grafton Township Assessor during early voting and on February 28th.
Property taxes are one of the largest household expenses. Much work remains to improve the system so please help me continue our record of accurate, fair and honest assessments in Grafton Township.