Terra Jensen

Demographics

Independent

34

Huntley, IL

Bachelor's Degree, Easter Illinois University

Deputy Assessor, Elgin Township

Not available, Denny

Brooklynn

On the Record

What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?

I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University. Press Fleet Management and Event Marketing laid the groundwork to my wide range business experience. As I am certified by the state to serve as Township Assessor, I am currently a knowledgeable Deputy Assessor for Elgin Township, which encumbers 34,000+ parcel (approximately 12,000 more diverse parcels than Grafton Township). I hold actual experience assessing various property types along with comprehensive knowledge of the innumerable dealings of an assessment office. Most notably, I am proficient with the valuation system used within the Grafton Township Assessor’s office. In addition, I have assessment appeal experience at the Board of Review and PTAB level along with knowledge of and assist with an assortment of exemptions.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

Campaign is focused on three main concerns: 1. Fair Distribution of the tax burden amongst taxpayers a. Establish and implement a uniform and equitable system for valuing properties while adhering to the Illinois Property Tax Code b. Coordinate with neighboring assessors to ensure uniformed assessments within areas divided between townships and counties 2. More efficient use of taxpayers’ dollars a. Workload can be reduced and costs can be cut by reducing the number of appeals generated each year b. More efficient office practices with the integration of current technology 3. Educating residents on the property tax cycle and assessment process a. Encourage residents to discuss assessments at the township level and explain assessed values to property owners b. Defend appealed assessments at public hearings

Would you support freezing your taxing district\'s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?

Limited by law in the amount of taxes a township can levy, I feel township officials should be creative in delivering quality services with the least possible burden to taxpayers. Therefore, I would be willing to take any action necessary to alleviate the burden to taxpayers while still providing quality services.

What one decision by the township board do you most disagree with and why?

For the last four years, Grafton Township’s legal bills is the number one expense that needs to be eliminated in order to restore funding to the township to provide the services expected by the residents. Those expenses coupled with the lack of civility and cooperation amongst the township board has been the cause of Grafton Township’s setbacks

What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?

-

Why should voters elect you to office?

I am a positive and hardworking professional with strong work ethics who always strives to achieve the highest standard possible. As the Deputy Assessor for Elgin Township, I have participated in all aspects of an assessment office and am very familiar with the innumerable dealings of the office on a daily basis. Because of the economic changes and declining market, Grafton Township needs a renewed official to restore fair and equitable assessments within Grafton Township. The current process no longer provide homeowners with the comfort of reliable and equitable assessments without having to take action into their own hands. That needs to change and yesterday won\\\\\\\'t be soon enough. I am a concerned homeowner who works with assessments every day and wants the opportunity to utilize my experience and qualifications to benefit the township I reside in. I feel this is a very important election for Grafton Township. I promise to change the current destruction of the valuation process and restore fair and equitable assessments while saving the taxpayers time and money. Please visit my website at www.restoregraftontownship.com for more information.