Jason McMahon posted the following under this story about Bryan Younge’s lawyer’s email to the Lakewood Village Attorney:
In other news, Village President Phil Stephan received a $7,000 per year discount on his $14,000 property tax bill courtesy of Alan Zielinski Grafton Township Assessor and didn’t bother to bring the “error” to anyone’s attention.
Of interest may be the other big winners in the property tax shuffle.
I sent it to Zielinski and here is his reply:
|Below is our office’s response to one of the comments in your “Lakewood Trustee Bryan Younge Hires Attorney in Dispute with Village Board” article.|
Since running for and taking office, the following principles have been steadfastly maintained by the Grafton Township Assessor’s office.
1. Without exception, obey the Illinois Property Tax Code and all other applicable statues.
2. Be accurate in our assessments.
3. Be fair and uniform in our assessments.
4. No “deals” for anyone for any reason.
5. Be proud of our candor and honesty with everyone.
The much-discussed parcel is in neighborhood 180085, a new neighborhood created for the 2019 general assessment.
The neighborhood synopsis is attached which explains the entire assessment process.
As evidenced by the 5 years of market data in that synopsis, the entire neighborhood declined roughly $2.75 million in assessed value.
Since 147 of the neighborhood’s 192 parcels received reductions, relating to principle #4 above, no “deals” were made for anyone.
It should be noted the much-discussed parcel is among the smallest dwellings in that neighborhood.
Because the assessment model relied primarily on dwelling size, the smaller the dwelling the lower the assessment.
As an aside, should someone think that neighborhood’s reduction was large, consider the two following commercial parcels that received reductions at the county level.
PIN………DOC #……..ASSESSMENT BEFORE BoR…..ASSESSMENT AFTER BoR….Difference
Just these two parcels had an equivalent reduction to the entire 192-parcel neighborhood of 180085.
These are just 2 of the 111 primarily commercial parcels changed by the county resulting in a net EAV reduction of $13.65 million.
That reduction in EAV was then redistributed across all of Grafton Township (which is about 95% residential).
After submitting the 2019 assessment book, we noticed a clerical error had been made affecting the entire neighborhood of 180085.
Specifically, the oversight was not manually adjusting some parcels for athletic courts, inground pools and walkout basements.
61 of the 193 parcels in this neighborhood were affected resulting in a neighborhood assessment increase of $560,000.
Rather than bury it and hope nobody noticed, we made the corrections in our 2020 assessment book consistent with our adherence to principle #5 above.
I genuinely apologize for our oversight and can/will state with certainty all Grafton Township’s assessments are as accurate and uniform as possible.
Grafton Township Assessor IL & WI Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser