The following letter to Grafton Township residents was sent by Grafton Township Assessor Al Zielinski:
Al Zielinski proposes leaving the Grafton Township Assessor’s Office in good, competent hands of Marty Kinczel, Certified General Real Estate Appraiser
An open letter to Grafton Township property tax payers.
Instead of a formal press release, after some reflection I decided it’s best to personally speak to you.
At tonight’s Grafton Township meeting, I notified the Board that, absent some significant change, I won’t be taking another oath of office as your Grafton Township Assessor on January 1, 2018 because I’ve accepted the position of Boone County Chief Assessment Officer.
I never would have considered another position unless I truly believed your property assessments are in much better shape now than when I took office January 1, 2014.
The Department of Revenue’s performance data clearly show Grafton’s assessment process to be a shining star not only in Illinois but in most of the nation.
Since 2014, your assessments have led McHenry County in both assessment accuracy (sales ratio) and fairness (uniformity).
2017’s numbers aren’t in yet but we expect that stellar performance to continue.
As of today, we’re setting a record for the lowest number of appeals ever filed.
Accuracy and fairness performance rests squarely on your Deputies’ shoulders.
Grafton can be proud of having the most highly-qualified team in McHenry County and most of Illinois: one Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and all four Deputies have advanced “I” designations from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute who certifies assessors in Illinois.
All four will be taking their next level “S” designation exams later this year.
I’ll remain in office through the end of this calendar year fulfilling my term, ensuring an orderly closing of our 2017 assessment book and doing all I can to achieve a seamless, transparent and efficient transition.
During that time, I hope to shake many hands of the wonderful people I’ve met and served over the past four years.
To assist in the successful transition, tonight I proposed to the Board that Marty Kinczel, our Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, become Grafton Township’s Assessor under contract from 1/1/18 through 12/31/21.
My proposal is cost-neutral allocating the annual $30,000 assessor salary to be split among the four Deputies based on their credentials and responsibilities.
Please contact your township Board via phone, e-mail and your presence at upcoming township meetings to convey your wish they accept my practical, cost-effective and Grafton resident-friendly proposal so “the band stays together.”
It’s clearly a win-win-win for all parties and your help is needed to preserve Grafton’s success.
You can take great satisfaction in the accomplishments the Deputies and I achieved on your behalf as measured by attaining top tier accuracy and fairness for your assessments.
You should also know I kept both my campaign promises:
“Pay only your fair share” and
“Fairness for all, deals for none.”
In closing, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for the opportunity of being your Assessor.
It was an oath I took seriously and a duty fulfilled to the absolute best of my abilities.
Thank you for your trust and please know you will always have my warm wishes for health, happiness and prosperity