This is a press release from Grafton Township Assessor Al Zieliniski:
Four more years of accurate and fair assessments for Grafton Township
HUNTLEY, IL – Grafton Township property owners can look forward to four more years of accurate and fair assessments based on Al Zielinski’s decision to take his oath of office for the 2018 through 2021 term.
Zielinski’s first term as Grafton Township Assessor ran from January, 2014 through December, 2017.
He won re-election in 2017 as a write-in candidate.
An amazing team of professionals generating exemplary results
“Grafton Township is blessed to have skilled and experienced professionals making its valuations.” said Zielinski.
“Based on my emphasis on continuing education and the township’s investments in its Deputies, Grafton has one of the most qualified assessment staffs in the state.
- one Certified General Appraiser (the highest appraiser designation in the state)
- one CIAO-S (the second highest designation offered by IPAI, the Illinois Property Assessment Institute) and
- two CIAO-I designations (the third highest designation offered by the IPAI).
Given our focus on using the market approach to value and our openness to review and revise assessments each year, property owners can rest assured their assessments are truly based on current market values.”
Focusing on Grafton Township
When asked about his decision to relinquish his appointment as Boone County’s Chief Assessment Officer, Zielinski was forthright.
“I was told I was too blunt with the township assessors. I
“don’t know how anyone can demand absolute compliance with the Illinois Property Tax Code, the Board of Review’s Rules and his/her oath of office in a more delicate manner.
“Because the County Board was unwilling to accommodate my commitment to excellence so we could achieve results similar to Grafton, it accepted my resignation.
“I achieved a lot in my time there creating processes that will help them improve future accuracy and equity.
“They have my best wishes.”
Looking to the future and building on an established record
Based on the 2017 results obtained from McHenry County, Grafton Township has consistently exceeded the Illinois Department of Revenue’s accuracy (sales ratio) and equity (coefficient of dispersion) specifications for each of the four years during Zielinski’s first term.
“We’re not resting on our laurels.
“To the contrary, we’re using our past record as the minimum acceptable performance level for the next four years.” said Zielinski.