To the Editor:
I read your article “Bill targets property-tax appeals” in the Sept. 20 edition about Jack Franks’ new property-tax initiative, and am writing to say that I am really glad to see that someone in this state is working on structural solutions to the problem of constantly rising property taxes and not just sound-bite solutions.
I decided to go to the Illinois General Assembly’s website to investigate the bill and found it to be an injection of fairness into the process of property assessment. Requiring the body demanding an increased payment to justify their request, rather than forcing the individual appealing the decision to prove that body wrong, is analogous to restoring our constitutional protection of being innocent until proven guilty.
Ensuring that all parts in the assessment machine, not only assessors and board of review members, have received the most current educational training is common sense.
The contention of Mr. Ross, the county assessor, that assessments do not drive up property taxes is disingenuous. Even if the total levy is determined by the taxing body, the assessors have to find a way to make all of the parcels in the district add up to what has been requested.
Franks always has been focused on this issue, and I commend him for that because, with all of the resistance of officials like Mr. Ross, who seem fearful of extra work and lost revenue, it truly is an example of how hard Jack works for his constituents.