McHenry Township Assessor
My experience extends beyond valuation to include supervision, budgetary and network/office technology. I was first in the county for extended hours during appeal, home visits for homebound seniors and Ask the Assessor forum. My office was first in the county to be fully automated and display assessment information on-line, allowing staff members more time to process assessments more efficiently. I still only have four full-time staff members, the same as in 1995, being budget conscious without cutting levels of service. Newsletter and website articles educate the public of assessment items. I’ve worked with legislators regarding assessment related bills and served on the Illinois Assessors Association; currently chairman of the Illinois Property Assessment Institute, the main provider of assessment education. I’m the only county assessment person to receive an award by my piers for ‘leadership and distinguished achievement in the Illinois assessment profession’. Appeal instructions and data collection sheet has been available on our township website. While I cannot please all, everyone is treated fairly and professionally. Fairness for all sometimes results in me telling an individual property owner we can’t reduce their assessment without better evidence. I don’t and won’t pander to special interest groups.
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.