Mary Mahady

Demographics

Democrat

55

McHenry

Bachelor's Degree, Communications/Mass Media, Loyola University Chicago

Deputy Assessor, Nunda Township

Single

Rebecca Varda Condon, 33

Patrick Varda, 31

On the Record

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

I have been serving the community as a licensed real estate Broker since 1987, and as a result have extensive experience in property valuation based on market forces, and it is Fair Market Value on which assessments are to be based. In 1997, I obtained my Certified Illinois Assessing Official (CIAO) designation and became a member of the Board of Review; the body that decides assessment disputes between a taxpayer and an assessor, based on evidence submitted. I held that position until 2010 when I resigned to take my current position as a Deputy Assessor in Nunda Township. As a deputy assessor, I have gained increased experience in calculating assessments, measuring properties, using assessment software (same as that used in McHenry) and helping taxpayers understand the assessment process, and more importantly, their right to appeal if they disagree with the assessment. My experience in every aspect of the assessment process has provided me with the very best background to completely serve the taxpayers, giving them superior service and respect.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

My top priority is to create an office that provides exceptional customer service to the taxpayers, who are in effect my “customers” in the best sense of the word; my obligation is to serve them with honesty and integrity. Taxpayers deserve to feel confident that they will receive honest answers, information, fair and equal treatment and assistance with the assessment appeal process should they feel an independent, objective review is warranted. Everyone who contacts my office will be treated in a professional, courteous and respectful manner. My second priority will be to work with local and state officials to improve the assessment and appeal process with the goals of equity, taxpayer accessibility and low, or no, cost to the taxpayers.

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

As the assessor, I would not be making those decisions but yes, I support a levy freeze

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

I don\\\'t feel it\\\'s appropriate for me to comment on the trustees\\\' management of the township, because I\\\'m not running for trustee. Based on my current understanding, the budget they have set for the assessors office for 2013 seems reasonable.

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

I don\\\'t think it is appropriate for me to comment on the actions of the trustees that are unrelated to the office that I am seeking,namely the McHenry Township Assessor.

Why should voters elect you to office?

My experience, particularly that on the Board of Review, gives me superior credentials to hold this office. As a Board of Review member, I had to be objective in deciding assessment disputes between assessors and taxpayers. I will bring that same standard of fairness to the assessor’s office. My experience as a Broker, assisting people with the determination of their market value, gives me real world, hands–on experience that the current assessor has never had. I have the knowledge and experience in all aspects of the assessment process that allows me to relate to every property owner on every level. The assessment process can be confusing and frustrating to the general public. I am committed to helping taxpayers understand their rights in the process, (including the right to appeal), supporting them in exercising those rights and to being a trusted resource, not a roadblock. I will bring respect for taxpayers to the McHenry Township Assessor’s office.